While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of cartographic maps, The Art of Illustrated Maps is the first book EVER to fully explore the world of conceptual, imaginative mapping. Author John Roman refers to illustrated maps as the creative nfiction of cartography, and his book reveals how and why the human mind instinctively recognizes and accepts the artistic license evoked by this unique art form. Drawing from numerous references, The Art of Illustrated Maps traces the 2000-year history of a specialized branch of illustration that historians claim to be the oldest variety of primitive art. This book features the dynamic works of many professional map artists from around the world and documents the creative process as well as the inspirations behind contemporary, 21st-century illustrated maps.
John Roman is an illustrator who specializes in technical drawing, architectural art, and illustrated maps. His clients have included Time, Inc., The National Park Service, The Massachusetts Audubon Society, Marriott Hotels, King Features Syndicate, Golf Digest Magazine, and The Thoreau Society. Roman is also an Assistant Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. He has won many awards for his illustration work from exhibitions such as The New York Society of Illustrators, The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, The American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and Communication Arts. John is a graduate of The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University.