Illustrator Profile: John Roman

illustrated campus maps, as well as museum and trail maps and marketing maps. He has produced illustrated maps for a huge range of universities, including the University of Houston, Fairfield University, Pepperdine University, and Oakland University.
He has also created illustations for the Norman Rockwell Museum, Drumlin Farm Park and Trails, the Cotton Mill Museum, and the Audubon Society Education Center. Perhaps his most interesting work is an 1800s style bird’s-eye lithograph style illustrated map of Thoreau’s place and time, which he created with the support of the Thoreau Society, using archives from the Henley Library.
Roman’s background is in technical drawing and architectural art. He graduated from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. Roman is an award winning artist, and has received accolades from the New York Society of Illustrators, the Boston Society of Technical Communications and the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and Communication Arts, as well as many other artistic groups.
Roman’s maps are easily recognizable because of their bold, clear style. He uses 3D buildings on 2D terrain, and mixes strong colours with pastel shades to make sure that the most important parts of the map stand out. He uses perspective well to make sure that everything on the map can be clearly identified, and while he takes some small liberties with scale h is maps are clear and easy to read.
His marketing maps are some of the best that have been produced in recent years. They offer a clear idea of the location of the places they are advertising, as well as an insight into what else is available in the city or state. His map of Mansfield University identifies nearby hospitals, malls, and tourist attractions, as well as routes to other states.

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