Designing a map for the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

By in Blog 23rd Oct, 2018 0 Comments

Earlier this year I got a call from the good folk at Cafeteria Design Agency asking if I’d be interested in creating a large scale map mural for the new RSPB Sherwood Forest visitor centre. Cafeteria told me they’d seen my Myths and Legends of the British Isles map (which features Robin Hood) and they asked me to quote on a new bespoke map. I tried to hide my excitement at what sounded like a dream commission and sent over an estimate.

A few weeks later I then received a really detailed brief from Cafeteria describing everything they wanted to be included in the map, alongside the wall dimensions and a visualisation of the new visitor centre interior. From this I worked up an initial sketch and mapped out all of the elements.

Sherwood Forest sketch

The foreground features lots of flora and fauna that can be found in Sherwood and the background map includes the landmarks and legendary characters of the Forest. Part of the brief was to show the Major Oak at the centre of the map surrounded by families interacting with Robin and his band of Merry Men. Another part of the brief was to show the Giant’s Trial – a walking route through Sherwood passing a series of ancient oak trees.

After a few amends the sketch was signed off by the team at Cafeteria and the RSPB and I then worked the mural up in vector colour.

Sherwood Forest map

A few months after delivering the final artwork I then took the trip to Sherwood to see the new visitor centre. The new centre is a great hub to explore the ancient woodland and I was really excited and super pleased to see how the mural turned out.

Sherwood Forest map mural

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Tom Woolley is a freelance illustrator based in Yorkshire. He specialises in illustrated maps, 3D diagrams and vector artwork.