Illustrated Maps

About Illustrated Maps created by Rabinky Art

Maria Rabinky Illustrator/Principal

While a bird’s eye view is something today we’re treated to via satellite mapping, the technique of creating oblique map art dates back well into the 1600’s – much earlier than satellites or even photography. Today we realize that the technique of old is an excellent way to communicate scale, design elements, orientation and navigation in a single, artistic image.

Grid-style maps may be effective, but they are rarely attractive. Using illustrated elements in a color 2D map or 3D illustrated maps allows campuses or towns to be presented with the shapes and colors we’ve come to expect in real life. With vitality and life that only 3D images can create, a true birds-eye view map breathes life into any area.

Through Illustrative Maps, you’ll be able to communicate the architecture and design elements in an attractive, factual and interesting way. The illustrated 3D map allows us to truly see the way, which we’ve labeled “wayfinding”. Exploring the artistic approach to virtually any area or location is fun, and to make this possible in a digital sense, we also produce a fully interactive version of our maps. This WebMap helps to bring static design and dynamic way-finding together.

In today’s media-rich environment, incorporating original illustration and electronic mediums makes for a more dynamic experience. Rabinky Art helps to address and fill this need with true media solutions including maps and wayfinding images. Our work starts as actual hand-crafted images but transforms to rich, attractive digital formats of the art. This technique allows for maximum flexibility in product use as well as convenience.

Not only do clients own a digital 3d map creation of their own, they also own the usage rights and copyright to their own art. Rabinky Art realizes that one-time use is not appropriate for this medium, and works with clients to address this need.

Principal Maria Rabinky

Maria Rabinky Illustrator/Pricipal

Born in St. Petersburg in Russia, Maria Rabinky is the principal of Illustrative Maps. As a young woman, she studied both architecture and fine arts from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts. Following her study of the classical arts, Ms. Rabinky went on to practice her skills as both an architect and a museum set designer.

After a move to the United States, Ms. Rabinky continued to work in many mediums including watercolors, oils, pencil and ink. She emphasized her study of architecture as well as enjoying still life creations and country and urban landscapes.

As digital technology blended with classical art forms, Ms. Rabinky was an early adapter and began to blend physical forms of art with the digital versions seamlessly. A successful mixed-media artist, she merges all forms of her craft to create the layers and richness of both technology and hand creations.

To learn more about Maria Rabinky and view her illustrations, architectural renderings and a fine arts gallery, please visit

Creative Wayfinding with Illustrative Maps

Our Clients

Our company works with clients from any number of industries higher education, travel, tourism and developers. Other clients include medical and corporate campuses as well as publications and government agencies. While in different segments of society, all of our clients wish to present architecture, campus or community from a bird’s eye view in an attractive, functional way.

Each product is designed according to the directions and intent of our various clients. Past client materials can be viewed in our portfolio section where each element was specifically designed to reach a particular audience. The goal of Illustrative Maps is always the same: work with clients to understand their message, create necessary images with vitality and warmth, and finally to produce the full range of services in a timely and cost-effective manner.

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