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Mike Hall

Mike Hall - International map and architectural  illustrator. Valencia

If you’re working on a project involving illustrated maps, then Valencia-based artist Mike Hall needs to go at the top of your list of artists to consider. From vintage to modern styles, he’s an expert not only at conveying vital geographical information but also at perfectly crafting each map for his client and their audience.
These same skills are reflected in his intricately detailed architectural drawings and cityscapes. Growing up in the ‘new town’ of Harlow in Essex, Mike was surrounded by modern architecture, which caught his imagination. He’d map out entire cities of his own creation, and to realise this passion as a career he studied graphic design at the University of Westminster, later switching to Illustration for his degree. His influences include William Hogarth, Gustave Doré, Wenceslaus Hollar and the map illustrator MacDonald Gill.


Usually, Mike draws his maps and architectural illustrations by hand, before scanning them in and adding colours digitally. Some of his maps are entirely digital, using vector graphics.


Architecture, topography and geography are the key subjects in Mike’s illustrations, and his style is driven by strong line work. He loves drawing busy scenes, with plenty of activity and colour, but always hones the style used for any commission to the requirements of his brief.


2005 – Cartoons Trust Young Cartoonist of the Year

Client list

Bloomsbury, Butlins, Goodwood, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and the Royal Horticultural Society are some of Mike’s recent clients.
The scope of imagination and skill needed to bring this project to completion was extensive but Mike proved himself to be the ideal man for the job. It is clear that Mike has a great ability for interpreting briefs as well as an impeccable skill for keeping clients informed and involved throughout the process. This is the first project we have worked with Mike on but we will certainly be working with him again.
William Hughes - Social Media Executive, Mediarun
Mike has worked with DK publishing on several projects (including SPY and DK Reads: Twister). He only needs skeletal briefing notes which he translates into amazing pieces of art. His work on our SPY book was so intricate with careful attention to the character's features that it dropped into the book perfectly. The perspective was so realistic yet fun, Mike has such a good interpretation and way of processing his surroundings and putting that onto paper. And on top of all this, he is one of the friendliest and easiest going artists I've ever worked with.
Hoa Luc, Dorling Kindersley
We commissioned Mike to illustrate ten of our built projects for Make’s 2013 annual publication, which is a special tenth anniversary edition. We were looking for an illustrator who could capture our buildings with a unique yet timeless style, and when we came across Mike’s London Landmarks project we thought he matched our brief perfectly. His illustrations are presented as ‘postcards’ that can be removed and used and they add a very special element to the publication. It has been a pleasure to work with him throughout the design process and we are delighted with the end result
Alice Bosc - Graphic Designer, Make Architects
Mike lead on the conceptualisation and production of the Romford Cycle Map. He proved to be the ideal illustrator to go with for the proposal. He uniquely combines being a talented and creative illustrator; possessing a keen understanding of the maps and cartography; and a can-do helpful attitude. A great person to have on your team.
Amandeep Kellay, Havering Council
We loved the quick response and service from the team and both we and the client are delighted with Mike Hall’s work! We’ll definitely be back for future projects, I’m sure.
Sarah Topley - Account Director, Embrace
I approached Mike to illustrate a festival map for one of RadioTimes’ independent projects: The Radio Times Festival, held at Hampton Court, London. Being the first time that RT has hosted a festival, illustrating the map was certainly one of the most challenging tasks. The stands were being moved, eliminated or added on a daily basis. But Mike showed a very professional flexibility, calmness and professionalism in working in new changes without losing his fine illustrational touch. He skillfully managed to make the map look fun, exciting and full of great festival ambience – despite the fact that every stand was plain white. He also added beautiful details of his own imagination to the map, which made it unique. Radio Times was proud to print the map 10,000 times in its brochure, as it was excellent. We look forward to working with Mike again.
Marlene Diaz Ellinghaus - Designer, Radio Times Mag
We approached Mike to design some illustrations for the marketing materials for our online courses for trainee and serving teachers. We wanted something eye-catching and unique and felt that Mike’s style of illustration would fit the bill. Mike interpreted the brief extremely well and we were very pleased with the result, which captured the messages we were trying to put across.
Fiona Longmore, Hibernia College UK
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