Mapping the world
How to draw maps – a guide for creatives
In all its beautiful fallibility, hand-crafted cartography offers something digital maps could never do; it reveals something richly fascinating about a given landscape, its culture and history, and the unique character of the cartographers themselves. The art of mapping has a long and rich history. Maps have been a vital part of communication from the moment people wanted to describe to each other the details of a place, or show how to get somewhere. From the Stone Age maps of the constellations daubed on cave walls in France to the wood-carved maps from Inuit Greenland, from the drawings on the Egyptian papyrus to the rich cartography of the Renaissance… examples of mapmaking abound.
However, geographic maps are not the only option available. It is possible to map concepts, emotions, thought processes and family trees. In this book, you will find many examples and tips that will teach you how to draw your own maps, highlighting the features that matter to you, whether you're mapping a real or an imagined landscape. Get involved through simple exercises and learn how to observe the world with different eyes and unleash your imagination. All you need is a couple of craft tools, such as compasses, rulers and protractors, and, of course, pen and paper. Add a hint of curiosity, lots of creativity, and you will be ready to represent the world in a unique and inventive way!
Helen Cann is an award-winning illustrator and artist. Her work has been published in over 30 books and exhibited worldwide. Fascinated by folklore, history and personal anecdote, Helen is interested in how people understand their location through maps by associating them with stories of themselves and others. In her own work she weaves stories together to map a multi-layered view of places that incorporates the physical, geographical attributes. Her work has obtained several awards and featured in many exhibitions.
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