A little section of a hand drawn Paris map I did.
By - CamTron89
I love it! Since I'm not at all familiar with the layout of Paris, I made a little game of finding this spot on Google Maps. [Found it](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Luxembourg+Gardensemail@example.com,2.3349718,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47e671db36de687b:0x791dd61b089f98b!8m2!3d48.8462217!4d2.3371605)! I imagine it was trivial for people who know the city well, but it took me a few minutes.
Thanks, you got it!
For those unfamiliar with Paris, I'll add that the park is the Luxembourg Garden, and the big building at the right end of the lawn (in OP's drawing ; North end in reality) is the Luxembourg Palace, where the french Senate holds its sessions.
The angle is not the usual one so it took me just a little longer to realise what it was 😉
Thanks so much for the link...very helpful!👍
If your map needs a map, it's not much of a map.
Absolutely gorgeous drawing though.
Little bit to the left are the Catacombs of Paris. A beautiful part which is just a bit outside the touristy parts. Love that neighbourhood.
The catacombs are underground, I don't get the "a little bit to the left". You mean one of the enters to the catacombs?
They exist regardless :)
Yup really easy, the basketball court you see above the pen cap is where I went to high school
>where I went to high school
Talk about very local knowledge :)
Here it is, aligned on top of Google Maps: https://i.imgur.com/wLHpq36.jpg
Wow this is cool! Cheers
TIL there is a giant pen right in the middle of Paris
Only when it isn't on strike.
La plume de ma tante !
Writers in Paris used to eat parts of that pen to survive. That's where the term Nom de plume comes from.
Un stylo grande du Paris.
Dont kill me, I am just learning French.
Un grand stylo de Paris.
Huh ... I read your username as jew_eater. I need to wash my mind now
Oh oh... Mon pseudo fait référence à une activité pas très saine (l'if c'est toxique), mais pas à ce point.
His name is Jean-Marie and he’s a nasty old man.
The pen is there for scale.
Oh the humanity!! That giant pencil wiped out like 3 city blocks!!!
Speechless! This is fantastic
Now, THIS is MapPorn.
On a scale of 1-10 how much hand cramp did you suffer doing this? Amazing work 🥰
Ha yeah probably about an 8. Thanks!
"Amazing" is the word that came to my mind, too. Love it.
That Pen’s name? Emmanuel Micron
Goddamn it you beat me to it
Hows your wrist feel?
A times not so great ha, but like they say, no wrist no reward.
Your pun skills are almost at the same level as your drawing skills! Fantastic job! Any tips on how to start for someone who wanted to do their own of their own city?
Find a map that has all the roads and streets and If you have a light screen or a way to trace out the streets, that's the best way to keep scale exact. After that Google earth is what I use as a reference to fill in everything else.
Thank you for the reply! I now have to find the patience to do it!
This is incredible!
this is amazing! I wonder how long all of Paris would take.
Thanks, I'm not sure how long this section took, but the entire piece (20x26" and only covering the Latin Quarter and a little more) took around 80 hours give or take....so probably quite a while haha
Did you do the two islands? It's a bit cliche but that's my favourite bit of Paris, I would love to see your version of it.
Yeah I did. More info in my profile to where you can see more pictures of this map.
This is amazing OP, would love to see the entire thing when it is finished. How do you keep the scale so precise ? Do you use a grid coordinate system ?
For smaller ones a grid system is fine but for something so large (this piece is 20x26") I use a light screen to trace out all the roads. Everything after that is referencing satellite images via Google earth.
The detail is amazing! You even included President Micron!
I’ll see myself out.
Well, this is probably the best thing I've seen on this sub for a while
What were you looking at when doing it? Googles maps satellite view? Or something better?
Yep, Google earth satellite images.
Good job. I think you would like r/papertowns and they would absolutely love this!
My jaw actually dropped. The level of detail is incredible. I’m a huge fan of the level of intricacy in this, it makes the piece feel full but also clean. Really really really well done!
Cheers! Glad you like it.
Actual Map Porn, this is incredible.
İs there a Giant penis in Paris? Why?
The same reason architects and planners and designers have made giant penises since the dawn of time.
*Trying to take over the world Pinky*.
Awesome work. I know the area quite well and had fun locating places I know, like the Port Royal RER station at the bottom left (you even drew the underground rails, which are visible from the open roof of the station), or the footsteps of the Pantheon at the bottom right.
Are you going to post the entire map?
Thé building in the parc (right side of the picture) is the palais du Luxembourg (yes, like the country). This is where the Senate is located.
You can visit the senate once a year during the « portes ouvertes du patrimoine ». The parc itself is open to public and very often filled with people during the weekends and kids trying to play with their boats in the fountain.
I strongly advise any tourist to wander around as it’s not too far away from the pantheon (where some great Frenchmen are buried) and there are many Breton restaurants (great food - galette and crepes).
I will post the completed piece eventually. It includes the Pantheon, Notre Dame and the islands, the large Sorbonne campus and more.
Oh we're being talented today are we? Well thanks a lot everybody. Not one of you could have told me?
Needs to be posted to r/oddlysatisfying
Geeeez dude this is sick <3
Whoa! Savant level stuff.
is this le jardin du luxembourg ?
Amazing work! What is your process? What tools and techniques do you use?
For a large map like this I find an accurate street map, trace the streets to keep scale exact, everything else is referencing Google earth satellite images. I use mostly micron pens 003,005,01
This is amazing, love it.
Wow, I would've thought this was a scan if you hadn't said you'd drawn it!
My dumbass thought you drew a penis map
The city planners of Paris can take the credit for that penis haha
Incroyable! Jardin du Luxembourg; I proposed to my wife there ten years ago! We hope to be back next year.
Wonderful drawing. Thanks for sharing!
That's awesome. Thank you!
for the curious bunch that is the jardin du Luxembourg, one of my favorite parks in Paris
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I'm really sorry, but the first thing I saw was a penis
Title of your sex tape.
That is fucking incredible!!!!
What pen is that? Macron?
How's your wrist?
This is insane!! How much time did it take you? What map source did you use? Does it show today's Paris? Could you post a wider picture? I mean looking at how detailed it is you could probably spot new buildings and such.
Do you sell copies of it? I'd be more than willing to buy one
Yeah, msg me for more info.
used to live near the top left side of your drawing, wonderful city.. your map is amazing!
Too awesome for words!!!
How are your eyes doing after that!!??
Thats super cool
wow that's absolutely insane. i can not with humans.
need to be on r/nextfuckinglevel
Impressive. I bet it is really calming and meditation inducing to draw all those little houses. Great for audiobook listening too!!!
Thanks, yes It can be very therapeutic when you're in the zone but also have to give yourself a break from it every so often.
Hardcore fucking porn right there!
Unreal. Absolutely love this
Thanks glad you like it!
This is fucking impressive! Congrats! I'd buy and hang it on my wall if it was my city.
Almost as detailed as one of the first British OS map...
Will you post the entire version? Are you selling prints?
Yeah I'll post the entire version here. And I will be yes.
how much time do you even have?
This is amazing. If you do more you should film a timelapse.
Thanks, my profile has more info on where you can see more pics and some timelapses
Now we can colour in chunks with ms paint labeled "areas I want to go to".
This is amazing. What do you use as base for drawing? Google maps?
Also how do make sure the scaling is correct?
After I find an accurate street map I lightly trace the roads for scale. Everything else is referencing satellite images via Google.
That's amazing. Thank you
Amazing! How did you go about it?
You get an upvote from a parisian
You get an upvote for the Luxembourg garden
You get an upvote because I can also see my daughter's lycée :)
And of course you get an upvote for the beauty of your art.
Congratulations! It's really impressive! How did you learnt to draw so well?
Thanks, I've been drawing maps since I was a kid and have progressed to bigger more detailed ones.
Is your pen’s nickname Emmanuel?
Best pens ever!
This is incredible OP! What is your process to make a detailed drawing like this? Is it based on actual satellite imagery?
trace the roads lightly so scale is accurate. Everything after that is based on referencing satellite images.
Definitely gave the rebels the Death Star plans
How do you do this? Are there any tequniques you use to make sure everything is alligned and to scale or is it just by eye?
For smaller towns and more simple maps you can do it by eye or even with a grid system but for larger maps I lightly trace the roads to ensure scale. Everything after that is referencing satellite images via Google earth.
Thanks for the reply! I really want to give this a go, seems like a good pair to go with a podcast.
This would do nicely in poster format inside a Parisian appartment.
Hey, that is incredible, I tried to do something similiar with my city, but it way way way worse than yours, could you walk us through how you did it? especially how you achieved that precision of the street layout? I drew it just by watching the map and it is too inaccurate, so I suppose your technique is different? Thanks a lot if you find time to describe how you do that, if it is not a secret of course :) Thanks a lot
Find a map that included all the roads you wish to incorporate, then lightly trace the roads to ensure scale. Everything after that is referencing satellite images via Google earth.
There's not where that tree is
Wow man, awesome stuff
need to work more on the details
Whats your process like? Is it all done by hand and eyesight or did you do some tracing or such? I want to do a part of my city like this (its belgrade)
After I find an accurate street map I lightly trace the roads to ensure scale. Everything after that is referencing satellite images via Google earth.
My dad was a professional surveyer and map maker who would draw by hand years after other people moved to AutoCAD, it reminds me of him and he would have liked this one a lot.
Thanks, that's great, there's something about doing them by hand that adds to it in my opinion and makes the journey more meaningful.
lol great job, now I want to do that
Really, truly, map porn
If you would have design Scofield's tattoo, that man would have been free by the 34th minute of the first episode.
Wow! So beautiful !
I can see my lycée :)
There are plenty of them in the area but still I’m glad to see it here
Place du Trocadickandballs
That is clearly a baguette and 2 Paris-Brests, don't be silly now.
so amazing ! wish i had Reddit coins to award this masterpiece
Wow that's very well done!
If I might ask respectfully, why though? Is this practice for a job or is this just for fun for you? Also... are you autistic or something? This is really impressive stuff but I just don't understand why all the effort. Will you hang it as art? I'm not trying to be rude, just trying to understand.
Im an artist, this piece was a commission for a client.
Wow well it is very impressive! Also I wasn't trying to judge you if it were just for fun! It just seemed like too much hard work to be for that... Thanks for the answer!
How do you make these?
After I find an accurate street map which I use to lightly trace the roads. After that it's all referencing satellite images via Google earth.
Thank you !
do a drawing of Hoi An!
I just cut down one of the trees, get fucked
Het cool! Also i use that brand of pens aswell they are amazing!
Het merit! eke i useth yond brand of pens aswell they art most wondrous!
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I went to school on this map
I really admire this work OP. I assume this is a vellum trace, and since you inspire me to want to do some more of this myself, may I ask you what basemap you used for trace? Was it a print of google earth?
Thanks. Only the streets were traced, nothing else. I just us d a street map from Google. And the rest is just drawn looking at satellite images.
LOVE the Micron 005
i can see my house
Why draw it by yourself when you can just print it in less than a minute? Waste of time.
How am I the nerd? He wastes his time redrawing Paris.
you’re not just a nerd, you’re a jackass. OP worked hard on this because they wanted to. and you just call it a waste of time.
You know what "art" is, right?
Is it add for pen?