How to Draw a Map

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Learn how to draw a great looking Map with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a beautiful Map.

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Complete Map drawing
Complete Map drawing

Have you ever used a map? You can get some practice with the help of this map drawing guide.

Cartography is the art and science of drawing maps. People have been making maps since prehistoric times. The purpose of these maps is to help people get from one place to another and remember where important places can be found.

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Today, most people don't use paper maps. Instead, they consult digital maps on their cell phones. When might a map cartoon come in handy? You will use maps in lots of situations, including:

  • In the classroom - you'll see maps in books and on the wall. These will help you learn about far away places. You may even need to draw a map to complete your homework!
  • On a trip - Whether you're camping and hiking or traveling by car, a map can help you find your way.
  • While pretending - some fiction books have maps on the inside of their front covers of made-up worlds. Other stories center around maps, like tales of pirate treasure.

Are you ready to go on your own adventure? Sketch this map outline to lead the way, and remember that "X" marks the spot!

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Compass, Telescope, and Treasure Chest.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Map

How to Draw a Great Looking Map for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the map outline by drawing a long curved line with spirals on each end. This forms the bottom of the paper map, which has been rolled like a scroll.

Easy Map Drawing - Step 2

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Draw parallel lines above and within each spiral, creating the rolled sides of the cartoon map.

Easy Map Drawing - Step 3

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Draw a long line connecting the edges of the map at the top. Draw curved lines in the spirals to further detail the paper there.

Easy Map Drawing - Step 4

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw long lines parallel to the top and bottom of the map. Near the lower corner, enclose a partial circle. This will become the compass rose.

Easy Map Drawing - Step 5

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Detail the compass rose. At its center, draw a circle within a circle. Then, draw four triangles from the inner to the outer circles. Sketch smaller triangles between the larger ones. Label the larger triangles "N" for "north," "E" for "east," and "S" for south ("W" for "west" is hidden by the curling paper).

Then, begin drawing the land masses on the map. Use squiggly lines, doubling them back upon themselves.

Easy Map Drawing - Step 6

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Continue the land to the edge of the map. Then, give it topographical details. Draw overlapping "V" shaped mountains and texture them with short lines.

Easy Map Drawing - Step 7

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Draw a moai, one of the famous stone statue heads from Easter island. Use curved lines to trace the neck, head, mouth, nose, and eyes.

Then, draw a ship in the water. Use curved lines to outline its hull, with small circles for porthole windows. Use a pair of straight lines for the mast and a rectangle for the sail. Detail the water with "V" shaped waves.

Add More Details to Your Map Picture - Step 8

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw a forest in one corner of the map, with curved lines indicating the overlapping canopy and the trunks of the trees. Draw a bridge between the two peninsulas. Use a rectangle for the bottom of the bridge and short lines for the handrails.

Complete the Outline of Your Map Drawing - Step 9

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your map outline by drawing the dotted line indicating the path to travel - from the ship, around the statue, to the other side of the bay. Draw a big "X" at the end of the path to mark the spot!

Color Your Map Drawing

Compass step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon map.

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