Introduction: Imagining Town Planning

For as long as I can remember I have loved maps. Everything to do with them really from the contours and informative aspects of a good topographical map to the more progressive art forms of newer maps that distort our pre-conceived ideas of geography and where things should or should not be. The maps I have made have been based around this idea, of maybe not an exact or accurate map but rather an interpretation of what I see in these locations. I started drawing random maps like these in visual arts when I got bored of theory and they have kinda grown from there. I would strongly encourage anyone and everyone to give this a go, because I can tell you for sure that I'm no Leonardo da Vinci just someone with an imagination :)


  • Paper of some description (does not need to be fancy at all, I used rough A1 sized pieces found in a recycling bin)
  • Pens or pencils (again, no need to go over the top, I just used a black ballpoint and an HB pencil with the odd texter when I felt like it)
  • Imagination(sounds corny I know, but without it drawing may be difficult)

Step 1: Step 1: Find a Piece of Paper and Some Materials

Whether it be the margins of your math book or a canvas, find a material to draw on and start churning ideas in your head or just let yourself run wild. Grab some pens, pencils, Textas or other drawing utensils and live it up, experiment and most importantly have fun (and escape from whatever else you're supposed to be doing).

Step 2: Step 2: Try Different Things

After a while of drawing random roads, houses buildings or whatever that is your jam you might be getting a bit bored so spice it up a bit! Try whatever you want, you could add a key, introduce some different colours or scrunch it up, throw it in the bin and try again. Typically, I find it somewhat therapeutic to draw like this, doing what comes to your head.

Step 3: Step 3:Admire the Beauty

Damn, doesn't it look good. Sure you could have spent your time doing other, more productive stuff but then again why would you want to when you have made this masterpiece? Sure, you might not be the next google maps but why should that stop you, it sure hasn't stopped me!

Step 4: Step 4:Saying Goodbye

Like all good things, they come to an end. When your page is full, your pencil is blunt, your pen is like a dying squid spurting out the remains of its ink in a last-ditch attempt it might just be time to let it go. Obviously not forever, just maybe for now while your imagination reloads and you prepare yourself for a long, happy life full of fun imagination map drawings. Have fun!!!

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