Pen and Ink

Everybody just loves a pen and ink stipple effect. It’s charming, it’s warm, it’s handsome, it’s tactile. It says, say, want to sit on the couch and I’ll read to you from your well-worn copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends? I’ve tried out the stipple effect in maps (here and here) that I’ve hand-drawn (yes, and so should … Continue reading Pen and Ink


Here is a set of maps made to look like cross-stitched samplers. You can use the style, too, if you’d like. Or read about its making here. Here is a real cross-stitch I made when I was a kid. Happy Stitching! John Also, here is that hoop stretcher graphic, if you want to lay it … Continue reading Sampler

Ambient-ish Hillshade

Here’s a way to hack an ambient hillshade effect in ArcGIS Pro using traditional hillshade and slope applied to blurred DEMs. Here’s the result: Here is this technique applied to Northern Michigan. Using this an an overlay blend mode (in Adobe) atop imagery gives a pretty attractive result. Continue reading Ambient-ish Hillshade

My Precious

Even the smallest map can change the course of the future. Download the latest version of the My Precious style for ArcGIS Pro and press your quill to the parchment of your imagination. This version has several improvements over the original, to make your Middle Earth maps better and easier… Improved symbol scale for better looking and more consistent … Continue reading My Precious