Cartoonish Washington state map in semi-nordic style

Video is up! Colored Pencil Hillshade

The North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) holds a marvelous annual conference, and this year’s was in Tacoma, Washington just 90 minutes down the road from my house. I gave a talk on the techniques I use to draw mountain topography with colored pencils. The first few minutes give a little background of my PNW

A Happy Map

Making maps is fun. As a cartographer, I’m biased to feel this way. Still, when I tell people that map-making is my career, a lot of people respond with “I love maps!” so I am not alone in realizing maps’ awesomeness. At the upcoming Adobe MAX 2019 conference I will be presenting alongside my colleague

Colored Pencil hand-drawn map of area in North Cascades

Drawing Color Hillshade: A tutorial (with time lapse videos)

Last year I shared my technique for drawing hillshade with graphite (pencil). Since then, I have explored a few different methods for drawing color hillshade. I will be sharing one of those methods in this post. This method uses those graphite drawings as the base, or the starting point. So to get started, make sure

Sarah Bell cartographer

Welcome to my fresh new website

It is October 2019, and time to begin a new website. You’re here when this page is brand new! Super fresh (‘fresh’ sounds more exciting than under development’). I’m excited about it. Next week, I will be posting a tutorial for steps to draw hand-drawn hillshade maps with colored pencils, and I wanted to get