North Coast 500

One of our first briefs for the Illustration in Context modules we were given a couple of different articles with the images for them cut out. For this little brief we had to choose to illustrate an image for one of these articles. I had chosen an article about the North Coast 500, Scotland’s answer to the famous Route 66.

I had decided to illustrate a map depicting (roughly) the route that North Coast 500 takes you. The route takes you 500 miles through a number of Scottish counties, so I picked out either a famous building, place or an object from each one.

For the background I traced the line the route takes from a map, and then added colour using watercolours. I wanted a more organic feel to it so let the colours bleed into one another and splash over the page.Β The drawings I did for this map are all sketched out using a fine line with a drawing pen, keeping to a single line sort of drawing style.

I like the contrast of the splashed inks and sketchy black and white illustrations, but I think my placement of the illustrations on to the map is lacking. If I had thought about it and planned it out better I think maybe experimenting overlaying the ink on top of the other images might’ve worked well, possibly making the top left image slightly larger and tucking it in behind the map ink shape slightly.

Overall, I think this image was at least successful in showing a range of different locations and what they have to offer in one single image, without sticking too much to the traditional map style and experimenting with what different styles and techniques I could put together.