My 14th map to date is an illustrated map of Canada.
As with a lot of the countries I’ve illustrated, I knew nothing about Canada apart from a few things including maple syrup and you can smoke weed legally (not that I’d endorse that in the UK or anything), so I was a bit hesitant about where to start. I literally knew nothing about the culture or food trends. I was a bit worried that Canadians maybe only eat cheeseburgers or maybe there’s some crazy hipster food going around now that will be out of trend in two months?!
But as you can imagine I get lots of requests asking me to illustrate new countries and Canada has been a big one recently, so on a week between jobs I made this map of Canada.
I start from the right hand side of the country which is Newfoundland and Labrador and the researching part was surprisingly easy! I found this website: https://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/ I believe this website was created by the local government to promote tourism business for Newfoundland and Labrador area and this website provided me with tonnes of information.
Other websites I think really help me to create this map are:
I think it’s absolutely great we have so much information available from local governments available on the internet. Traditionally one would research a book but these barely keep up to date whereas I can go on a local government website and there’s all my information. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be able to spend time in the library doing my research but this is simply impossible time and money wise. Almost every time I create a map, I’m in between projects or contracts and I literally have a week maximum to create these maps.
There are so many cool, delicious, beautiful and fun things to put on my map of Canada but sadly as usual I only can choose some of the things I like or I think stand out to put on each locations. I think after illustrating this map I definitely want to visit Canada one day!
Some people ask me why I like to create map, I think the reason I create map is because I love travel but sadly I don’t always have money or time to travel. So I travel in my illustration and every time when I start doing research and drawing my map illustration I feel like I’m traveling through my process.
I mainly only sell map illustration prints and postcards on my online shops (Etsy, Amazon…etc). Some customers ask me if I have any stockists so they can purchase in person. Sadly I don’t have any Stockists at moment. I tried contacting a couple shops and galleries in Edinburgh but funny thing is it seems no-one in Scotland likes my illustration style so I would love to have a stockist or to have a shop display my prints (etc) but it doesn’t look like this will happen anytime soon.
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My next countries for map illustration (not in the order!) are: Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Finland, Russia…
I would love to find out which country’s map illustration you want to see from me?