Hand Drawn Maps

Hand Drawn Maps is a small illustration studio capable of big things.
Passionate about drawing and painting, dedicated to great design and keen to provide every client with a personal and positive experience, Hand Drawn Maps specialise in maps and illustration for all occasions.

The business began in 2009 when a friend asked me to make a cute map as part of her wedding invitations. At the time, wedding maps weren’t really ‘a thing’ but I thought it was a cool idea, and of course I said yes!

Since that day I haven’t looked back, and my venture continues to grow in the most wonderful and unexpected ways. Over the years, as well as weddings I have been asked to create all sorts of exciting maps, ranging from National Trust, regional tourist boards, hotels, story maps, fictional and historical maps, a commission for Lord Rothschild, and even a map for a Hollywood film! Each brief is so different and I love the variety and range of purposes that come my way.

Hand illustrated maps for weddings and business are now, of course, definitely a ‘thing’ and with more outlets for individual artists such as Etsy and NOTHS, there is an ever increasing appetite for bespoke, high quality hand crafted design. It is an exciting time to be an artist!

Over the years I have been asked to make all sorts of bespoke illustration, by individuals and couples who found me through maps. So it is largely down to my fabulous clients and their ideas that I have had opportunities to develop Hand Drawn Maps into an outlet for so much more than simply maps.

Wedding stationery is a natural progression from wedding maps, but nevertheless it is a huge honour and act of trust to be asked to design an entire wedding suite. I love the creative freedom it offers, the personal viewpoints and beautiful touches, and the collaborative effort involved in getting it right. From the semi customisable collection to fully bespoke, I will never tire of creating stunning stationery for happy couples everywhere.

Hand Drawn Maps

Lydia Bevan

After graduating in 2004 from Kent Institute of Art and Design with a Fine Art BA(Hons) degree, I worked for 3 years at St Edmund’s school in Canterbury, teaching secondary level Art and A level Photography.

Since starting Hand Drawn Maps two gorgeous babies have come along, and one major house renovation (all of which are ongoing projects!) To keep HDM going throughout this busy time of life has been challenging many times over, and there have been countless late nights and weekends spent working hard and fitting in between life happening. I am proud that I have not only kept going but HDM has evolved and grown over the last few years. Now both the babies are at school I look forward to having more time to design. When I don’t have a pen in my hand or children running round, you can usually find me singing with my choir, dancing salsa or catching up with friends, preferably over a glass of wine!

Libby Needham

Libby graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture with a masters in Architectural design in 2012. Originally from Yorkshire, she is now living in London (via Sydney!) where she works in her day job as an architectural assistant as well as a freelance artist for HDM. Libby is a valued member of the small team and a hugely talented artist, who brings her own distinctive style that enriches the range of skills Hand Drawn Maps has to offer.
When not drawing buildings or designing for Hand Drawn, she can be found in the kitchen baking up a storm or travelling the globe with a sketchbook and a camera.

Hand Drawn Maps
Hand Drawn Maps

Style

I love drawing. Everything I make begins life as a good old fashioned, pen and paper illustration. I delight in creating beautiful, fun, quirky design, whether clean and contemporary, loose and painterly, or vintage inspired. I obsess over the details and love the collaborative process of working closely with clients to create imaginative and personal little pieces of art.

As an artist my tastes are always evolving, new ideas and influences continuously take me in new directions. I view each commission as an individual project and aim to listen to what the client is looking for, as well as adding my own twist based on what is currently in my head, and so you will see looking through my portfolio that the range of outcomes is diverse and no two maps or invitation designs are the same.

I love colour, and enjoy using different ways to apply colour to my drawings – from hand painted, opaque block colour or transparent layering on the computer, I can never settle on just one method but love to play around and experiment.

I am often influenced by elements from nature, whether they are big bright and bold or soft and subtle. I enjoy adding tiny details that have personal meaning to the person I am making for. I always try to simplify and like white space even though I am always tempted to fill it. I love playing with typography, mixing both typed fonts and hand lettered calligraphy, oversized and small.

If all this sounds good and you think I might be a good fit for the project you are considering, please do get in touch so we can start our creative journey and make something beautiful together!

Hand Drawn Maps

“Hi Lydia,
Not sure if you remember but we purchased a map from you for our Nassau, Bahamas wedding. Just wanted to let you know how much we love it and have had so many wonderful compliments on it! It was the hit of the invitation!”

Laura KempWedding Map Design

“Oh my - its amazing!!! We LOVE it. I can't praise your talent and insight enough, I am just so happy we are using you! Thank you - its all kinds of awesome!”

Sharon and DanWedding Invitations

“Nearly a year on we are still so happy with the invitations. We have one displayed in our living room and many of our friends and family members do too! So thank-you again.”

Nicola Rae-WickhamWedding Invitations

“Thank you so much! The maps arrived safely today. They are so so beautiful!!!
It's been such a pleasure using your company and as I said at the outset, I've been so impressed with your efficiency. When I've got everything done I'll send you an invitation pack so you can see just how much they enhance everything!”

DeniseWedding Map Design

“Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you much for everything you did for us regarding stationary! It looked fantastic and I had to steal the table plan luggage labels and table names back off guests at the end of the night as they wanted to keep them as a momento of the day!
We'll make sure to tell everyone how amazing your services are and when we're celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary we'll get you to design the invites - maybe with a couple of added wrinkles!”

FionaWedding Invitations

“We were very impressed with both the talent and the service at Hand Drawn Maps. Lydia really listened to our brief and came up with exactly what we were after and all at a super reasonable price.”

AlexClaret Showroom

“Oh my goodness me Lydia!!
I have just picked up the pack with the printers proofs and they are absolutely gorgeous!!! I am so, so pleased with them!! They look gorgeous with the backing card too - it really makes the whole thing stand out and look wonderful!
I am so happy with your work Lydia. It really has been a total pleasure working with you and I am so very happy with the results. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”

SharonWedding Invitations

“Thank you Lydia, I am positively bursting with pride over my new Wise House vouchers! I never imagined anyone could design me something quite so gorgeous and bang on my taste. Xx”

LucyGuv'nor of The Wise House

“Our invites went out this week and we have had SO many compliments about our map already. Lydia is a very creative and talented map artist, and provides a very efficient and amicable service. She went above and beyond to create and deliver our map within the tight timeframe we had. I will without doubt be using her services in the future and have already been recommending her to friends and family.”

Madeleine HammarWedding Map

“Just want to say thank you so so much for our amazing maps, I was just opening up the sweet packaging and the excitement grew. They are more perfect than I could have imagined. I'm so glad I changed the card to the off white as its much softer. I will always recommend you as I think from the beginning you have just been superb. As soon as I've sent the invitations out I will let you know as we would be honoured for you to use out maps on your website.
Thank you again, and again and again.”

Alex and MarkWedding Map

“I'm Louise's mother, and I want to say how overjoyed I am with the masterpiece you have produced for the Wedding! It is a most beautiful work of art which we will always treasure, and I just wanted to add my thanks and my congratulations - it is fabulous and will be admired by us, all our guests, and many people for years to come. Well done, and a great big thank you.

Lydia, I don't think I've been this happy since ben proposed on top of a mountain in Switzerland!!!! (Although its a close call!)
It's FABULOUS! Yay! X”

Louise and Patricia BeechamWedding Map

“The map is spectacular!!!! even better than I could have hoped for. It is perfect. everyone I have shown just loves it!!!
I couldnt be happier with the maps and the service you have provided.
I will be sure to pass on all the lovely feedback I know I will get when I send them out.”

Kate SuttonWedding Map

“I have already given your details to a number of people as we have been so impressed with your work and the service you have given.”

Tony MorrisWedding Stationery Package

“The stationary was absolutely amazing – thank you so much for being so creative and efficient! It was all fabulous, but the order of services were a particular hit – one person commented that it was really nice we had different colours for the ladies and men. Thanks again for all your help – we really couldn’t have asked for more.”

Steph and MichaelWedding Invitations Package

“Thank you so much for doing such a great job on them, we love both parts of the invite and are really pleased with how they've turned out! Thanks especially for the great job on the backing card-the edges all looked perfect.”

Louise BremerWedding Invitations

“You really are so gifted I can't wait to see it! Keep looking at all your other maps on your website and Facebook, may have to find another excuse to use your work ;-)”

Hannah AkcaLarge Hand Painted Wedding Map

“WE LOOOOVE THEM!!!! Couldn't be happier! "absolutely stunning" in the words of my fella! Thanks so much for all your hard work. We couldn't have hoped for a lovelier invite!”

Gus and JoshWedding Map and RSVP Postcard Designs

“I've just sent off my invites, complete with maps of Hamilton included, and the feedback is overwhelming about how gorgeous they are”

EmmaWedding Map Design

“I wanted to let you know that we have had SO many compliments on the wedding invitation - so many people (including boys!!) have said it is the most beautiful invitation they've ever seen! We are SO thrilled with the finished product and our guests LOVE them too - well done you and a HUGE thank you for doing such a fabulous job!!”

Miranda RandsWedding Invitations

“I can't tell you how many people have asked me who did the invitations, everyone thinks they are amazing! It's such a fabulous start to the build up now - you may get some calls from some of my friends.”

Lisa and BeneWedding Invitations

“I received the painting today in perfect condition and I've just had a peek. It is so beautiful. You're very talented and we couldn't have asked for a better present to give her. We'll be sure to recommend you in future if anyone asks.

Thanks again for all your hard work. We're so happy with it!”

AnouchkaHand-Painted Baby Name

“Lydia, you did such a wonderful job with producing the personalised maps for our client. They were absolutely thrilled with the result and we received some great feedback from the recipients. Your incredible talent, can-do attitude and patience while we fine tuned the end result made it such a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for helping us deliver a truly personalised gift for our group. People were blown away with the detail and idea that this had been created especially for their experience in Bali. We will definitely be looking for other opportunities to work together again.”

Karen JuryAccount Manager, Global Events LTD

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for my map which arrived in France today. I really love the detail, each time I look at it I see different bits. Next job is to get it framed and hung on the wall for all to appreciate.”

Andy LarcobmeLondon Map Print

“I absolutely love it!!! Thank you so much for doing this so quickly and such a great job! I have been so impressed by this service from start to finish - wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone!”

Georgina MillsMarch 2016

“The maps turned up today; I've just got home from work so have just seen them and they look perfect, even better than we hoped! Jac is so happy with them. Thank you so much for turning this round so quickly and for doing such a wonderful job, we are both really grateful.”

Andy HuntleyMarch 2016

“Everyone loved the map and it is proving to be an excellent and subtle marketing tool.”

Fitzwest Neighbourhood ForumJanuary 2016

“Great work and great service thank you very much.
We were so pleased with what you have done for us. We weren’t really happy with the illustrations your images supersede and we think your work lifts that aspect tremendously.
They look BRILLIANT. We absolutely love them! Have just added them to the website, and they look even better than we thought. Thank you so much!”

Andrew PlumberBusiness Manager, SWH Services

“When my sister got married she had a hand drawn map of the church and venue created that we all have up and framed in our homes still today, so I had to have one of these. Lydia Bevan listens to your theme and vision, looks at the map of the area you want and then creates the most stunning piece of artwork. I loved it so much that I had her create a second one which acted as our evening invite also.”

Elizabeth RatcliffeWedding Map and Evening Invitation

“I have just received them (wedding invitations)!

I am soooo pleased!!!

They look amazing!!!

Thank you sooooo much for everything !

Sooo happy!!”

Julie & MarcBespoke Invitations

“Just opened the invites. Oh my goodness I Love them!!!!!! They are beautiful Lydia. Honestly we are thrilled. I really can't thank you enough for everything you have done. There are no words ...

They are even better in real life am literally in awe they are so stunning.

Honestly they are just beautiful.”

Nakita and IshmirFull Wedding Stationery Suite