The down-side is that it also involves a fair bit of fact checking on my part and with street-maps, a sharp pair of reading glasses (Oh, my poor computer-ravaged eyes). And, of course, there is always the fear/embarrassment of placing a city in the completely - and very obviously to everyone else- wrong part of of the map.
Luckily, I had a lot of fun working on my last map job - a Toronto map for Harry Magazine in Canada. Harry Magazine is the glossy instore magazine for Harry Rosen Inc, so my illustration will nestle beside many photos of not entirely unattractive men in super stylish clothes. Bonus.
I created a couple of roughs showing two different colour ways. What was particularly fun about this map is that it could be quite free (I employed a bit of artistic license when marking the locations) and would feature a large amount of hand lettering rather than lots of small illustrations. Happy times for me.