Illustrated Map Creation: Reflecting a City's Essence

A course by Stef Maden
Designer and Illustrator.
Joined August 2020
, Designer and Illustrator

Create an illustrated map to represent iconic places of a city using manual techniques and digital collage

  • 99% positive reviews (149)
  • 2919 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create an illustrated map to represent iconic places of a city using manual techniques and digital collage

  • 99% positive reviews (149)
  • 2919 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 19 lessons (3h 19m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The art of map illustration has the power to take us back to a place we love and depict our memories in an original way. Illustrator Stef Maden’s work is highly inspired by her travels. For Stef, illustrating maps is a way of piecing together her serendipitous experiences and decorating a space with unforgettable mementos.

In this course, Stef shows you how to create original maps using watercolors, gouache, and Photoshop. With her step-by-step method, you’ll be able to create your own original keepsakes inspired by the places you love, learn new techniques for illustrating with paint, and build a colorful digital collage.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Creating the Map
  • U4
    U4. Presenting Your Artwork
  • FP
    FP Final project
View details

Meet Stef, learn about her experience as an artist and designer, and see some of her work. Discover the artists and illustrators that inspire her and find out what you’ll learn in the course.

Begin the second unit by analyzing different types of maps and seeing the elements you can include in your own map. Find the place you want to illustrate and gather references of your chosen city. Stef finishes the unit by discussing the types of materials you can use for your illustration.

Time to get started on your map! Choose the right size for your artwork and decide which elements to include. Follow Stef’s tips and tricks for illustrating your elements with watercolor and gouache. See how to create textures and add these to your textures library in Photoshop, along with all your other hand-painted elements. Compose your map in Photoshop following Stef’s step-by-step method.

Learn how to save your file for different uses and formats, see the types of paper Stef recommends for printing, and frame your illustration so it’s ready to hang. Finally, learn how to photograph your work and share it on Instagram with Stef’s recommendations for lighting and flat-lay styling.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustrated map of your favorite city featuring various points of interest.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for those interested in creating an illustrated map using both manual and digital techniques.

Requirements and materials

To take this course you need basic knowledge of Photoshop, painting with watercolors, and drawing.

As for materials, you will need pencils, an eraser, gouache paints, watercolor paints, colored pencils, watercolor paper, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop.


2919 Students
149 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Stef Maden

A course by Stef Maden

Teacher Plus
Designer and Illustrator

Stef Maden is a designer and illustrator from the UK who discovered her passion for illustration as a teenager, realizing soon after that her dream job was to become an illustrator. Since obtaining her degree in illustration, Stef has worked as an in-house designer for greeting card companies and created artwork for products like gift bags, wrapping paper, packaging, and stationery

Her recent illustration projects include patterns for children’s clothing and editorial work for magazines. Stef’s prints can be found in her online shop, as well as for clients such as Sainsbury's, Hallmark, Paperchase, and Tesco.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
    • Presentation
  • U2


    • Materials
    • Choose a Place
    • What Is a Map
  • U3

    Creating the Map

    • Draft
    • Elements 1
    • Elements 2
    • Elements 3
    • Elements 4
    • Textures
    • Compose the Map 1
    • Compose the Map 2
    • Compose the Map 3
    • Compose the Map 4
  • U4

    Presenting Your Artwork

    • Sharing Online
    • Printing and Framing
    • Final Touches - Getting Ready for Print
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustrated Map Creation: Reflecting a City's Essence

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and an easy-to-follow method. You set your own timetable.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each teacher imparts what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Earn a certificate with every course

    Get a personalized and signed certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

  • All courses are 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks, and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, and share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

  • You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

  • When you complete a course you'll get your personalized certificate instantly. You can see all your certificates in the Certificates section of your profile. You can download your certificates as PDFs and share the link online. Learn more about certificates

Illustrated Map Creation: Reflecting a City's Essence. Illustration course by Stef Maden

Illustrated Map Creation: Reflecting a City's Essence

A course by Stef Maden
Designer and Illustrator.
Joined August 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (149)
  • 2919 students