Hand drawn Birds-Eye-View-Maps

A beautiful, quirky, hand drawn map of your place- just imagine!

We perch on our planet, precariously tilting on the curve of the earth.  We dig our roots into the soil, our foundations into the rock.  For generations we live in our landscapes, building, farming and creating our places.  I am fascinated by our presence in the landscape.  I am fascinated by hand drawn maps and the stories that appear in them,  I also make hand drawn birds-eye-view maps.

Birds eye view map of Ashbourne

Hand drawn birds eye view map of Ashbourne in Derbyshire

The process:

  • First study the OS map to understand the skeleton of the place
  • Sketch the rough map at about A1 size with pencil on card
  • Walk and draw the town, taking lots of photos, noticing roof colours, odd features
  • Complete the pencil sketch and get copies made
  • Invite commissioners of the map to check for accuracy, adding and amending where necessary
  • Trace the sketch onto drawing film using Rotring Rapidoliners and black ink
  • Scan the drawing to create a digital file
  • Colour the picture in Photoshop
Pencil sketch of Elton

Initial pencil sketch of Elton in the Derbyshire Peak District

Ink drawing on film of Elton

Second stage, the ink tracing on drawing film of Elton in the Peak District

Black and white digital version of the Elton birds eye view map

The black and white digital version of the Elton birds eye view map, ready for colouring

Birds eye view map of Elton Village Derbyshire Peak District

Completed birds eye view map of Elton Village in the Derbyshire Peak District

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3 Responses to Hand drawn Birds-Eye-View-Maps

  1. Erin says:

    Love these maps!

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