Compared to other types of maps that are available, more and more people are using and prefers the use of illustrated maps because of various reasons. Though it is not unknown to many, maps have been in existence since our ancestors learned how to sketch things on stones and other mediums. Though the method and material used in creating these primitive maps are quite different from the ones used nowadays, the purpose it serves is still the same – to help people get to wherever they want and locate places they need to be. Unlike road maps which are usually bought in convenient stores and book stores, illustrated maps are much more fun when it comes to the arts and symbol used. The graphic elements used in the creation if this type of maps differs from artist to artist.
There are people who are not good in map reading and the use of illustrated maps is far more convenient since it is easier to understand. Monuments, symbols and important landmarks are not created in scale as well as the roads and other elements on the map. Some of these are important parts are given more focus while less interesting details are taken out of the map entirely. In the process of creating these illustrated maps, the color palette used by the artist is very important to add to the beauty of the art.
The use of the illustrated maps can be seen anywhere nowadays especially in theme parks, amusement parks and zoos where everything is displayed in a fun manner. This helps the tourist locate things inside the park or zoo more easily rather than focus on certain details such as scaling. Scaling is, more often than not, ignored when it comes to map illustrations for it will take a lot of time and space to do so. Many online professional artists are now available to do illustrated maps depending on the need of the client. The art used is unique to every artist though the final decision still depends on the client.