~ the following is another guest blog post by Selkirk GIS student, Lorraine Brown:

Cartography can be a serious science but also it can produce a wonderful work of art. Classic cartographic methods include hand drawn features and elements with each calculation done with care.

Today these works of art can be worth thousands of dollars to collectors; reproductions are made and more moderately priced for the artistic eye.

old skool cartography
Checking value

With modern technology GIS software has allowed us to speed up the process. It allows some manipulation of the elements but not full control. This still may restrict the artistic nature of the cartographer. The use of additional software rendering can increase the visual appeal. Photoshop, Illustrator and many more, are some of the tools used to achieve this look.

making maps

Interested in reading more? ┬áCheck out the following links….

There is more than one way to use maps and cartography!

A great collection of antique maps and mapping tools!

A fine art selection of great cartographic maps for sale online!

~By Lorraine Brown