Create a Map of Your Hometown Using Illustrator

Josie Adams, | educator gone illustrator |

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12 Videos (1h 20m)
    • Hometown Map Introduction

    • What You'll Need

    • Brainstorm

    • Gathering Your Sources

    • Creating Your Base Map - Part 1

    • Creating Your Base Map - Part 2

    • Sketching Your Icons

    • Digitizing Your Sketches

    • Creating a Custom Color Palette

    • Coloring Your Sketches

    • Putting It All Together

    • Finishing Touches


About This Class


In this class, we are going to learn how to create a map of your hometown using Adobe Illustrator.  This class does assume that you have some very basic knowledge of Illustrator, such as how to open a new document and select objects.  Feel free to use my list of commonly used key commands that I have provided in the project section for some help.  Here's an overview of how this class will work:

  1. We'll learn how and where to gather source photos for your sketches
  2. I'll show you how to create a base map the easy way using Google Maps as a guide, and you'll learn how to use a few tools in Illustrator along the way
  3. I'll show you a few of my favorite sketching techniques and how to digitize and color your artwork using a custom color palette that you will create
  4. Finally we will combine everything to create a truly unique and meaningful map of your hometown

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10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Clear, concise instructions!! Great class!
Educational, helpful and very detailed. I appreciate that each portion was segmented into different portions. If possible, add the keys you are hitting in a box in the corner to show what keys you are hitting for each task because it can get clunky and difficult to follow? Possibly translations for Windows users to ease translation between Window and Mac users. Great job though, I had a blast!
Loved the class, even if I'm familiar to making maps I still learn from other artists new tricks and tips. Give this a watch and you will surely get inspired!
Mira Metzler

Mixed Media Artist





Josie Adams

| educator gone illustrator |

Hi! I'm Josie - former fashion design teacher and current school counselor who ultimately fell in love with illustration and pattern design.  Hey Miss Designs is a nod to my educator side as I have spent many years with students referring to me as "Hey, Miss" when they want my attention.  I think I will forever be helping kids to remember to address people by their names... 

I am so excited to share my creative journey here with you because this is...

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