A hand-drawn, digitally coloured, three dimensional map illustration of central Westminster.


A hand-drawn, digitally coloured, three dimensional map illustration of central Westminster.

A closer look at Admiralty Arch.

A closer look at Admiralty Arch.

A closer look at the soft shadows used in this illustration.

This illustration uses simple flat colours and a soft shadow effect to hint at the direction of the sunlight. This helps to add a degree of realism.


This is a hand-drawn map illustration which has subsequently been digitised and coloured. Showing central Westminster, this map includes the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St James's Park, Whitehall and Westminster Bridge.

In the context of mapping the urban environment, graphics in this format, which employ illustrative features like this one, are particularly useful for tourist guides. It's much easier, if the map reader is not familiar with an area, to navigate using buildings and other features as reference points, if the façades are shown (in comparison with a typical two-dimensional plan where they are not).

A hand-drawn, digitally coloured, three dimensional illustration of central Westminster.

A section of the illustration, around Parliament Square, shown in greater detail.

The widths of the streets have been significantly exaggerated in this illustration to avoid creating too much 'dead ground' behind the 3D buildings. This illustration has been constructed using a 'plan oblique' approach. This ensures that the street names still appear to sit in the same plane as the rest of the map without needing to be skewed.

Ed Merritt
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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities, media organisations and businesses. My work has been included in books published by Dorling Kindersley, National Geographic, Pearson, Penguin Books, Oxford University Press, Taschen, Laurence King Publishing, Millennium House and Weldon Owen. I've also created maps for a wide range of other companies and charities, including the Royal Horticultural Society, Smithsonian Institution, Best Western, The Greenbrier Companies, Fastmarkets, Bright Horizons and Cycling UK.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

For more information on how Merritt Cartographic can best assist you with your project, please send me a message or make contact via the information displayed above and throughout the site. I look forward to hearing from you.

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