This is one of my latest projects… an illustrated map of South Florida for Florida International University’s recruitment booklet. The folks at FIU were great to work with and I met some nice people.
Most of my maps are close to real scale if not true in scale, so maps like this one that cover such a large area really require me to think differently. There is a balance that must be kept between the liberties you take exaggerating scales and the true scale that makes a map a map. I started this map in particular with a painterly landscape and created the “point of interest” illustrations on top of it. The philosophy being that the map without anything on it should be just as visually appealing as the stuff I pile on top of it. The exaggerated perspectives of the spot illustrations wasn’t measured out with any geometric formula or anything although I did try to maintain a bit of a fish-eye lens feel to it. And yes, drawing the Aquarius habitat was really fun.