Travel Illustration, Milan Illustrated Map, and Hand-Lettering by illustrator and artist Yaansoon
Personal project – I made this travel illustration for a recent blog post titled, “Italy Culinary Tour: Milan Illustrated Food Map,” the second post in the “Illustrated Travel Stories” blog series on Yaansoon.com. A subjective Milan illustrated map, this illustration chronicles my personal culinary adventures during a 2017 trip to Milan, followed by an intense trip to the South of Italy.
This map incorporates some of the “urban sketches” I created on the trip, scanned direct from my sketchbook. I like the quirkiness of these sketches as they are less disciplined than the sketches and drawings I create at my studio. I think they give my travel illustrations a more spontaneous fun look, and more of a real-life experience feel.
As mentioned in this portfolio entry, I like to incorporate different cultural elements into my illustrations – inspired by the heritage, handcrafts scene and traditions of the country in question. In this Milan illustrated map, I dressed the regions surrounding Milan with gouache food paintings that I have created earlier, as part of a Gouache Experiments series on my blog.
The process of creating this map involved a lot of deduction and decisions of the kind of elements I wanted to go in there. My sketches were quite abundant during this trip, but I couldn’t use all of them as I was guided by the text and story that went into the actual post. This gave me a wonderful insight into the process of creating an illustrated map that is closely tied to the editorial content it was created for.
Illustration Technique: The pattern in this illustrated map of Milan is made up of gouache paintings that were first created on paper, before getting scanned and turned into pattern. The rest of the illustration is hand-drawn using pen and ink on paper, followed by digital painting in Adobe Photoshop.