I’m just finishing up a reproduction of a National Park Service map (NPS). I love the mapping style that the NPS has developed. I wanted to dive deep into a couple of their maps and explore their techniques. Reproductions are a great way to explore the mind and creative process of another artist, or this case, cartographer, or team of cartographers.
I found two NPS maps, one of Glacier National Park and one of Denali National Park. I blended styles from each map and incorporated some of my own styles to create my reproduction.
I changed some elements along the way. I developed a different shaded relief that has a bit more texture. I also reduced the amount of green area in the colorramp and altered some labeling styles.
I’m still working on labeling, but the bulk of the work is done. If you have any questions about how I created this map, please feel free to ask.