Maps for James Oseland's 'World Food' series
Client: James Oseland | January-July 2020 | Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
I was commissioned by the American food writer and TV presenter James Oseland to create maps of Mexico City and Paris for the first two titles in his World Food book series, which focus on cuisine and food culture in different cities around the world.
The brief was to create designs in an antique, hand-drawn style, clearly showing the locations of various places mentioned in the books along with other notable landmarks. The maps were drawn in Illustrator with the landscape relief effects created in Photoshop.
The map of Mexico City, showing a broad extent of the city and its immediate suburbs roughly 25 miles across.
The mountain relief was drawn freehand in Photoshop and enhanced using the bevel and emboss effect combined with a drop shadow.
A detail of the inset map showing Mexico City and the nearby Popocatépetl volcano in the context of the rest of the country and the neighbouring United States.
A combination of the inner glow, sponge and texturizer effects in Illustrator helped create the hand-painted look of the colour fills that the client requested.