I moved to Spain from London in 2014 and since then I harboured an ambition to create a detailed map of the country in the antique style which I have been developing in recent years. The precursor for this design was my illustrated map of Laurie Lee's journey across Spain in the 1930s (completed in 2014; see that project here).
The design was begun in October 2015 and developed over the following 18 months; it was drawn using vectors in Illustrator and developed with textures in Photoshop. I researched the population and census data for each province and developed a system of symbols and text label sizes to represent the populations of each major city, town and settlement in the country. Multiple online mapping resources were consulted for the geographical information (for a list, see below). The illustrations were drawn by hand using a fineline pen, scanned to computer, coloured and added to the design using Photoshop. It was completed in April 2017, with subsequent edits and spelling corrections made in January 2018..
Note on language: The primary language used across the map is standard Spanish or Castilian, with alternative names in regional languages written below or alongside in parentheses, e.g. Lérida (Lleida). I decided on this approach for all names - regional, provincial, urban and geographical - in order to maintain consistency across the design, despite the fact that in certain regions (Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia and the Valencian community) the regional language takes precedence over Castillian.
Typefaces used: Brandon Grotesque and Kursivschrift