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Illustrated maps use artistic style to create an accurate representation of an area while emphasizing what’s important and eye-catching.
In this way, illustrated maps give us the ability to virtually travel across the globe and visit places we’ve never been. They also serve to help us navigate our world and help us discover new, exciting things in our own familiar surroundings.
Here are a few examples of informative & captivating maps by Directory of Illustration artists.
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Ogilvy & Mather commissioned Butcher Billy to create these illustrations for their client British Gas’ Halloween special, 13 Ways to Slay your Home’s Energy -Sucking Vampires’.
Toyota Australia commissioned Fionna Fernandes to create portrait illustrations of athletes Emma McKeon & Jannik Blair for their “Instant Immortals” social media campaign.
The artwork was shared via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, to celebrate the athletes.
The first image is a playful analysis of Queen Mother Cersei’s debt crisis.
“Her predicament derives largely from her failure to understand the nature of international credit. Cersei needs to hire an economic advisor, and quick!”
The second illustration shows Daenerys Targaryen poised and about to launch an invasion of Westeros and take the Iron Throne.
“Chaotic conditions there favor her cause, but she still has many obstacles to overcome. The Economist maps out how she can win the game of thrones.”
Donough O’Malley brought a burst of color and character to his illustrations for an article, featured in an issue of Wine Republic, which focuses on the talents of the Sommelier – often commonly assumed to be solely dealing in the area of wine.
The book is a kid-friendly user manual to help children get into the subject of computer science.
If you’re still reeling from the loss of David Bowie, you’re not alone. As a tribute to the iconic rocker, Butcher Billy has been creating and sharing daily illustrations in which he merges Bowie’s image with many different pop culture references. The resulting images are beyond amazing.