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Hand-Drawn Maps

A Guide for Creatives

Helen Cann


A fun, interactive guide for creatives looking for inspiration and anyone who loves to sketch or doodle

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Sketch, draw and illustrate your own maps using this uniquely creative guide. From transit maps to mind maps, and from maps of journeys to maps of the human body, Hand-Drawn Maps is packed with ideas for depicting a wide range of places, spaces, objects and concepts in a host of different styles. It includes sections on map anatomy, maps of places and maps of ideas. As well as instructions for creating your own
maps and 32 pages of useful templates printed on perforated paper, Hand-Drawn Maps provides insights into the history of map-making and profiles of five leading contemporary artists. Award-winning illustrator Helen Cann provides beautiful artwork and 35 step-by-step creative prompts, making this a stylish and informative guide to depicting the world around – and inside – you.


'We absolutely love this unique and colourful book... Open any page and be inspired by beautiful artwork, and fascinating information and be intrigued by how maps can represent almost any aspect of our lives. A wonderful addition to any individual creative or family library. Highly recommended!'
Escape, Learn, Create

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 23.5 x 23.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 8 June 2017

ISBN: 9780500293157

Contents List

Introduction • Section One: Map Anatomy – 1. Compasses and neatlines • 2. Hand lettered serifs • 3. Hand lettered sans serifs • 4. Cartouche • 5. Symbols • 6. Bring it together • Section Two: Types of Map – 7. Picture maps • 8. Text maps • 9. Axonometric maps • 10. Negative space map • 11. Architectural blueprint • 12. Video game maps Section Three: Maps of Places – 13. Subway maps • 14. Tree maps • 15. Journey maps 16. Annotated maps • Section Four: Maps of Ideas – 19. Phrenology • 20. Palmistry 21. Anatomical map • 22. Mind maps • 23. Sensory maps • 24. Mapping local characters 25. Mapping books • 26. Family tree map • Section Five: Projects – 27. Wedding or party invite using a basic hand drawn map • 28. Travel journal using journey maps • 29. Valentine card (a map of my heart) using an anatomical map • 30. Interesting ways to create folded maps • 31. New home card • 32. Business location map

About the Author

Helen Cann has illustrated over 30 books and exhibited around the world. Her work is entirely hand produced, mainly in watercolour, colour pencil, graphite and collage, but she sometimes ventures into acrylic and inks. She is the recipient of several awards, including Fall 2012 Selection, Junior Library Guild (US) and 2010 Gold Medal, Nautilus Book Awards (US).

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