The creative part of the project was completed during 2015. Nicosia's illustrated map is the fruit of 11 months, or about 2200 hours of creative work.
1 MONTH scouting the field. That includes walking through the city (all 3 square km) from the biggest avenue to the smallest alley, taking pictures, videos and sketching on the spot of all the significant features of the city.
2 MONTHS designing the prospective 3D model of the depicted area`s topographic map, in a handmade prototype size 0,80m x 1,10m. This is performed only with the use of a pencil and a grid with great emphasis in the topographic accuracy.
2 MONTHS designing all the visual information that has been collected during the scouting process, on the 3D model. This is the part while the map gets its full illustration and it`s been performed also with pencil so as to be possible any correction or addition during the design process.
2 MONTHS of applying the inks. During this process and after a cautious evaluation of the previous pencil design we start the inking procedure. It`s been performed handmade with the use of very fine and thin rapidographs of several kind of point diameters. It is a one of the most rafinate and elaborate part of the design process.