I am super happy and proud of my finished map and so I can’t wait to tell you all how I actually created my lovely little world Robotopia! I started off with a pencil sketch outline of Ireland on an A3 sketchbook, which was easy enough to do. I had Ireland up on my laptop screen and just sketched it freehand straight onto the paper, next I took a 0.1 black fine liner and went over the outline to make it clean and bold. Then I drew a lovely big banner in the centre of my island for the title. I drew the font with a black fine liner, I tried to make it look like calligraphy so I joined up the letters and made different parts of the letters thicker and thinner. Slowly I started to add in every little detail in pencil, trying to use the space up as best as I could. I wanted to have illustrations all over the map with cute snippets of text next to them, telling the story of what each illustration stood for. I draw illustrations in a cartoony way, a bit like my favourite artist Nick Sharrat, and they always have lots of detail on them. The typography I went for compliments my cute lovey dovey illustrations perfectly in my opinion, the time is fun and breaks the rules by mixing lower and uppercase letters in words. I wanted my letters to have little curls to them too, just like Jess Wilson’s did. My map isn’t just a picture map, it tells a story which is what I love about it.I added a compass onto my map on the lower right hand corner, this is because I wanted people to know it was a map and because all the maps I researched had one on them and I thought they looked really effective and related to the context. As you can see I added all the attractions that I wrote down on my mind map as well as typography to explain them all!Once I finished my drawing in pencil I traced over it using my black finaliser, which was very tricky as I had to stay directly on the lines as I hate lines to touch in my illustrations, yes I am a perfectionist. I then used my handy little app on my phone to scan my drawing and clean it up a bit! I then moved this image straight onto Photoshop and started to digitally colour it.I used the magic wand tool to select parts of my map and then on a new layer I used the brush tool to colour in the selected parts. This process took a long time because I had a lot of little details to colour. I added a wash of water colour over the map as well, taking inspiration from Jess Wilson, and I think this makes my map look super funky and cool, full of like and rainbow like. I added bits of white all over my map to make certain things pop like the points of my compass and speech bubbles. I also added hearts to my banner and used blending tools to make them blend in with my watercolour wash. I left a few things uncoloured as I thought the drawings should be just as important and sometimes the colour made the drawings too dark and masked the details. All in all I think this map is a success because it portrays the utopian theme perfectly, it looks fun and weird and wacky! The colours make it look like a multicoloured haven and the typography, illustrations and colours all link together to portray a sweet and cute theme.