Map Illustration by Rabinky Art, LLC

Illustrated Maps

by Rabinky Art, LLC

Map Illustration Services and styles:

Illustrative 3-Dimensional Perspective Map Services: 3D Maps

3-D Illustrated Maps Services by Maria Rabinky
3-D Map Illustration Services

Our Map Illustration Services include custom illustrated maps, and bird’s eye view map illustrations of your business, campus, or fantasy. Map Illustration Styles can be chosen by our clients. Illustrated maps are works of art created almost entirely by hand. To create the illustrated map, an artist sits at a drafting table with reference materials, pencils, and ink to sketch the concepts and reference points. The footprint created is them blended with electronic watercolor-based painting techniques. By combining pencil, ink, and electronic styles, the map illustrator can incorporate traditional hand-rendering richness paired with unique state-of-the-art digital techniques.

As the original hand drawings or illustrations are incorporated into the technology, they are created in layers and groups within the software. The ability to group and sort the illustrative maps means the map can be modified, altered, updated, and even segmented to address specific client needs both now and into the future as well.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What materials are required by a client to start the design process?

To create a fully illustrated 2D or 3D map, clients must provide several critical pieces of information crucial to the design process:

  • A high-quality site plan must show the buildings and identity to be included in the design.
  • Photographs of high quality or renderings of buildings that are to be drawn into the map are required. Photos should be taken from the ground level but feature the direction of a bird’s eye view. The more interactive a map is to become, the higher the quality of images that must be provided.
  • A long-range plan or estimate of graphic needs, including the need for various layers, groups, and colors.
  • The design and format of the end product. The finished product can only be delivered when instructions exist as to its nature. In addition to these and possibly other client-provided materials, Illustrative Maps will also use several satellite imagery resources and other mapping resources to create the completed materials.
What are the delivered materials at the end of the project?

Deliverables from Illustrative Maps include finished artwork of both 3D and 2D map products in a high-resolution, layer-rich Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator file. Both types of files may be delivered. Even though the illustrated maps are created initially by hand, they are fully developed using software, making them generally editable to better serve long-term client needs.

Editing the maps rather than creating a new version when the need arises makes our map illustrations an especially attractive long term investment. When a new building is added or a special request for a building’s image is required, change is simple. Using the layers and segments created in the design process, we can update or create more isolated images in a matter of days – not weeks or months. The new photos will be consistent with existing viewpoints, colors, and textures.


Who owns the copyright for completed artwork?

Usage rights granted for the artwork are specified in each client contract, and the rights may be different in terms of their volume, term duration, products covered, etc. Usage fees are included in the total contract fees. Once the contract fees are agreed to by both parties, they must be paid in full for granted usage rights to go into effect.

It is important to note that Rabinky Art, LLC retains the copyright and the right to use the artwork for promotion purposes. Our marketing is a showcase of our clients and a means to demonstrate our abilities, range, and available products.


What are the costs associated with 3D maps?

The total cost of developing a fully illustrated product range – both the 2D map and 3d elements – is directly related to the number of elements in the map illustration itself. The number of buildings and other facilities or features such as gardens, streets, fountains, or playing fields that are to be included in the finished product will dictate the estimate and cost of the finished product.

The project’s scope of illustrated maps services, including the initial design developments, will also determine a fully comprehensive budget arrangement. We can accommodate a wide range of product scope thanks to the use of 100% digital methodologies. Thanks to electronic design elements, our clients acquire working and long-term assets that are efficient and reasonably priced.

Finally, all clients work with the principal artist, Maria Rabinky. Ms. Rabinky is an efficient and uniquely talented map illustrator to create lasting art on time, keeping projects on track and client budgets intact.

Traditional Street Maps in 2D dimensions

2-D Illustrated Maps Services by Maria Rabinky
2-D Map Illustration Services

While bird’s eye view illustrated maps are undoubtedly beautiful and functional, finding specific locations, understanding directions, and giving concise instructions is often easier using a traditional 2-dimensional illustrated map. In a 3-dimensional bird’ s-eye view illustrated map, some of the illustration’s larger elements may obscure smaller ones, making them less functional than a less complex 2D version of the same area.

Three-dimensional illustrated maps are excellent for navigating by landmarks and understanding the visual nature of an area. More analytical users will generally prefer the grid-style map that lays out blocks and streets without adding height and dimension elements. By offering both versions of a particular map, you’ll be sure to appeal to all sorts of users and please the broadest audience possible.

Our illustrated maps services include– both 3D and 2D illustrated versions – are created as digital files. This approach makes it simple to adapt the formats to any use, including printed materials, electronic versions, or even fully interactive functions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How are Street and Grid-View maps created?

When a client requests a 2D map, we discuss the ultimate goal and deliverable before starting the creation. We are charged with creating both a matching view of the street in a 3D product and a grid map. To best accommodate this, we choose an angle to approach the creation and start laying out the viewpoint and building footprints.

Using digital technology, we create vector or bitmap illustrations as the base for the map. This approach can become a fully illustrative map or remain a 2D rendering of the location. Approaching the map design allows us to show clients the difference and the possibilities presented with both maps’ styles.


Will Illustrative Maps create a 2D map without the fully Illustrative 3D Map?

The short answer to this question is no. A gridline map is not as complex as a fully illustrative version. If you need a survey style map, a graphic artist or cartographer will likely make a fine product. Illustrative Maps specializes in creating the full 3D version of a location, including building footprints, sidewalks, parking accommodations, and a full range of other details.

The 2D maps discussed here are simply products of the 3D design process. The 2D maps are starting points for the altogether map illustrations project without a fully realized 3D map concept.

Clients seeking a grid map are also generally seeking a precise vision of distance and space. Illustrative maps require adjustments and artistic liberties to design to create a map and a work of art in a more user-friendly design. Even as a 2D map, our maps may not represent the precise dimensions and measurements. Our Illustrated Maps Services include a visual reference that is not only useful but aesthetically pleasing.

Interactive Map Illustration

Our partners at CampusTours can make your Campus Map Illustration Interactive for your website like this map below! Please let us know if you want your illustration to become interactive.

CampusTours Inc offers AnyTour virtual tour software and AnyMap interactive map software designed to put organizations in direct control of their multimedia presentations.  AnyMap & AnyTour feature a Web-based Content Management System (CMS), a responsive, mobile-friendly design, WCAG accessibility support, satellite maps with wayfinding, and add-on features including support for multiple languages.

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