Dubai Editorial Map Illustration

Reddin Designs illustration of Dubai for Convene

Illustrating a map of Dubai 

I recently completed an illustration of Dubai in a stylised map form for the New York based magazine 'Convene' for there September issue 2017 as part of their feature Places and Spaces

Sketch design

Reddin Designs Dubai Map illustration sketch design

I have never really spent much time in Dubai. So like with all illustration jobs this one started with research. The client had given me the specific buildings they wanted me to include but I had no Idea where they were or what they looked like!

Google maps take a bow! After a little bit of over and back with the client during the sketch design phase we had our style and positions down. 

Using Kyle T Webster brushes 

I couldn't wait to start the detailed design and colouring as I was really excited to try out my new brush set I downloaded from Kyle T Webster brushes. If you are an illustrator you have to try out his brushes they are amazing!! I have used the preset 'Kyle's Xerox Brush 90' with a soft basic round brush to create this lovely speckled and dappled effect. 

Reddin Designs Dubai Map Illustration editorial

The Finished Product

The main challenge form me here was the colour tones. I generally love to get lots of green shades into my editorial maps but I felt these wouldn't be very fitting in a desert location. To compensate for the lack of colour variety I have highly saturated the the edges of the land mass (orange yellow) giving more dept and variety of colour. I have also added a lot of colour variation and texture to the water again to create a more vibrant finished piece. To view the Convene magazine issue that this appeared in just click here

Reddin Designs Convene Magazine

Get in touch

If you are an illustrator and have any questions on editorial map illustrations or if you are an Art Director and you would like to work with me please contact me here

Illustrating for New York Magazine

Reddin designs Convene magazine illustration

Illustrating for Convene magazine

I recently completed an editorial illustration for the New York based magazine Convene.

In late April 2017 I was contacted by my agency 'Rappart' with the assignment of illustrating a map of Cleveland for Convene Magazine. The only problem was that I'd never been to Cleveland (Thank God for google earth) Slowly but surely I built a very good impression of the city and the identity using maps images and associated articles.

The Process

Reddin designs Cleveland map sketch design

Having quite a decent grasp on the layout of the city I sent my first sketch design to the editors. You'll be happy to hear they loved it from the get go. Phew!! We worked through a number of revisions, the colouring process and building design (below) before arriving at a style we all felt represented the city.

Reddin designs Cleveland map sketch design

The finished illustration

The project probably ran for about 2 weeks but by the end everybody was very happy with the outcome, especially me as I had proved to myself and Convene's 100,000 readership that I could produce high quality illustration work which accurately represented a place I'd never been to.

Reddin designs Cleveland map illustration

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Seafest Poster Design

Reddin Designs Seafest poster illustration

I was asked by the WDC and LookWest to create a poster design for their coolest maritime event 'Seafest' which is set to kick off in Galway on the 30th of July.

I jumped at the opportunity as I am a lover of all things sea!!

I decided to illustrated a dreamy sunset scape at one of my favourite surf spots on the west of Ireland. Points for anybody who can guess where it is. I wanted to create a story with one picture and portray that feeling of catching the last few waves before sunset.

Te guys at Shore Shots and look west loved the piece and it can be seen incorporated in all of their branding from their website to their posters and flyers.

If you would like to commission a piece of promotional art work for your event please contact me here

Reddin designs seafest poster illustration

Doolin Wedding Invites


Doolin Wedding Invites

Wedding invite Illustration

The Brief: was to create bespoke wedding stationary (Invites, Direction cards, RSVP cards) The client really wanted something that reflected the location in a nontraditional manner

The Concept: was to tell the story of the unfolding events and highlight key elements wrapped in the magical Doolin landscape

The Style: I have tried to capture a sense of place by creating a slightly exaggerated rolling quilt textured landscape. I have also added a number of key elements like: Doolin Tower, Harbour and Hotel Doolin in all images to reinforce the connection to the place. I wanted to create a fun party festival feel to emphasis the celebration

How to get your wedding invites designed

If you would like bespoke stationary designed for your wedding just contact me here 

Stranger things


I'm not sure if you've seen the show Stranger Things yet on Netflix but if not go watch it you wont be disappointed 

The story line

On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins,[12] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will's friends Dustin, Mike, and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will's location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface.

Our Take

As its leading up to halloween we decided to take a Stranger Things approach. Our first visitor to the studio is the Demogorgon. Stay tune for more coming soon