Welcome to my online cartography portfolio. Here you'll find a selection of completed projects to showcase my style and techniques. I work on a freelance basis for UK and international publishing houses, as well as accepting private commissions. If you are interested in discussing a project with me, don't hesitate to get in touch.

'Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other' by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Maps and diagrams to illustrate historical events as well as the journey taken in the book. The traditional-style maps were drawn by hand with textures and typesetting added in Adobe Photoshop, while the diagrams were created in Adobe Illustrator.

'Murder on Mustique' by Anne Glenconner 

A full colour double page map created using a Wacom tablet in Adobe Illustrator. I collected a lot of source material for this map including satellite imagery to accurately depict the lush green geography of the island. Other details were kept minimal to highlight the labels.

'The Bible: A Story that Makes Sense of Life' by Dr Andrew Ollerton

The brief for these maps asked for clean and contrasting images with simple labelling in a 'textbook' style. I created these in Adobe Illustrator using a Wacom tablet to achieve this. 

'Warrior: The Biography of a Man with No Name' by Edoardo Albert with Paul Gething

Complex historical maps of the UK drawn using fine-liner pens then scanned and edited and typeset in Adobe Photoshop. I added illustrations of artefacts found at Bamburgh Castle to help the reader visualise details from the book.

'Outlandish: Walking Europe’s Unlikely Landscapes' by Nick Hunt

The author had made some rough sketches for his book but wanted them redrawn to look more resolved. I worked closely with Nick's drawings to create clear and concise yet simple maps of his travels.These were drawn by hand then typeset in Adobe Photoshop.

'France: A Short History – From Gaul to de Gaulle' by  John Julius Norwich

Three maps created using a mixture of hand-drawn and digital techniques. The challenge with this project lay in placing the labels so as to include all the information and maintain legibility. I printed to-size drafts as I worked to check the size of the type and details once reduced.

'Ask an Ocean Explorer' by Dr Jonathan Copley 

I created a number of diagrams and simple maps for this book using Adobe Illustrator. It was important they fitted with the scientific themes of the book. This project was urgent as another cartographer had fallen through; I worked on it over Christmas and New Year to make sure the book could go to print.

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