How A Bird's Eye View Map Is Made

Published: 05th October 2009
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A hand drawn bird's eye view art map gives the viewer a unique view of a cityscape with the sense of the surrounding terrain viewed from a human perspective. An aerial view map displays an aerial view from an oblique angle to emphasize areas of importance to the scenic view. These hand drawn maps include pictures that clients wish to promote and downplay objects and features that are not relevant to the image that they wish to convey.

Pictorial maps are not drawn to an exact scale but are drawn to enhance features in the scene to be used as points of interest. Different scales are commonly combined into the artwork of the illustrated map to enhance the feeling that the client wants to portray about the area being mapped. The high points are emphasized while other less features are downplayed or excluded in their entirety.

Birds eye view pictorial maps can evoke emotions that a client wants to promote about a certain area. They are widely used by universities, tourist attractions, and cities to promote tourism. Each illustrated bird's eye view map is a distinctive, useful, and attractive piece of artwork that has the ability to generate excitement about an area.

These pictorial 3D maps were made popular in the 1600's by the early Dutch who would go to great lengths to get a bird's eye view of the area they were illustrating. Many map artists would work from mountains and trees to achieve the unique perspective they needed to draw the aerial view maps of the day. These measures are not required today with the development of aerial photography but the same time and energy is put in to the beautiful illustrations of a aerial view map.

Designing a birds eye view map is fairly simple on the client's part. Just a few things are needed which include a quality site plan that identifies buildings and focal points to be included in the illustrated map. Good quality photos or drawings of the individual buildings and landmarks should be submitted to the creator of the map so that the essential features can be enhanced in the artwork. The map illustrator will also use satellite photography and other methods that are available to them to design the map depending on the client's requirements.

The hand drawn bird's eye view map will then be recreated by special software so that the map can be edited and is ready to be used for whatever purpose that the client needs. Web based applications, prints, and signs are immediately available after the creation of the bird's eye view maps. Once the client pays in full the copyright to the aerial view map is the client's to use for whatever reason they| |purpose they may need.

A birds eye view map is an investment for a client since it can be edited as buildings are built or removed. Editing can also be used when particular areas of interest in the map need to be shown to different groups. A beautifully illustrated 3D aerial view map will be able to be used for years to come.Need architectural illustrations - visit

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