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Shortcuts to Map Making for Illustrators: Illustrate Your Favorite City

Anne Bollman, Anne Was Here

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8 Videos (31m)
    • Shortcuts to Map Making for Illustrators

    • STEP 1: Select & Research the Location

    • STEP 2: Brainstorm Icon Imagery

    • STEP 3: Create the Base Map

    • STEP 4: Sketch the Layout

    • STEP 5: Detailed Sketches

    • STEP 6: Illustrate!

    • Class Project


About This Class

Illustrated maps are in high demand for both products and publications. My most successful art collection has been a series of 12 city maps I originally created for one client for a poster calendar. Since then I have licensed the same art for wall art, apparel, stationery, fabric, home decor, ceramics and more! Even for a seasoned illustrator, the first time illustrating a map can be daunting. There is so much research and planning that has to happen before you can even get to the fun part. During my calendar project of illustrating 12 maps, I developed a series of steps to streamline the map making process. In this class, I share those steps with you.

This class is best for people who already know how to illustrate in Photoshop, but are new to the map making process or want to streamline the process. If you need to learn Photoshop illustration first, I have a class that teaches illustration in Photoshop. Click here to check it out. The methods I teach can also be applied in Adobe Illustrator or even with traditional media with some adjustments.


- Learn quick ways to research a city and create a Google map template.

- Brainstorm icon imagery for maps.

- See how to use a Google map template to layout and sketch a map in Photoshop.

- Use reference imagery to do detailed sketches of icons.

- Watch step by step as my own map transforms from template, to sketches to final illustration.


45 of 45 students recommendSee All

I like the step by step breakdown, Anne makes the whole process seem very manageable and much less intimidating.
Tatjana Mai-wyss


Anne makes this sometimes over whelming process, very easy by creating simple steps to follow. I don't illustrate 'digitally' but do create hand drawn maps and her steps will streamline my work ! Highly recommend.
Ann Krier

Art for Everyone !

Super simple, easy to follow, great tips.





Anne Bollman

Anne Was Here

Anne Bollman is the illustrator behind Anne Was Here, a studio which provides art and illustration for products and publications, designed with humor and style, that is meant to make you smile. Anne's artwork can be found online and in stores internationally on a wide range of products including stationery, fabric, gifts, apparel, home decor and more. Anne is best known for her iconic illustrations of dogs.

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