Illustrated Maps
Maria Rabinky Illustrator/Artist

About Illustrated Maps created by Rabinky Art, LLC

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 2-D map or 3-D 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 3-D 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 3-D map allows us to truly see the way, which we’ve labeled “way-finding”. 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 Web Map 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 way-finding 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 3-D 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.

Maria Rabinky Illustrator, Artist

Artist Maria Rabinky

Born in St. Petersburg in Russia, Maria Rabinky is the principal of Rabinky Art LLC. As a young woman, she studied both architecture and fine arts at the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts and earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree. Upon graduation, she used her extensive training to pursue contract work as an architect, museum set designer and interior designer.

After relocating to the USA, Maria continued to work as an architect and a freelance artist creating paintings and illustrations in various media including watercolors, oils, pencil and ink. She emphasized her study of architecture as well as enjoying still life creations and country and urban landscapes.

Maria creates artwork in a wide variety of techniques. Her watercolors ranging from purely classic to evidently impressionistic are often as rich in color as her vibrant oils.

As digital technology started blending with classical art forms, Maria was an early adopter. A successful mixed-media artist, she merges modern artistic technologies with the definite feel of hand creations.

In her paintings, Maria demonstrates a gift to capture a mood, a feeling in the air and make it a work of art. All of us experienced episodes in our lives when we tried to take mental picture of an enchanting moment: a beautiful sunset in Italy or a romantic candlelight dinner, a breeze of a crisp autumn air through red and yellow leaves, a bouquet of freshly cut flowers or a vase of lavish fruit. With the talent and imagination of the artist these life’s episodes are captured on paper and canvas, so we can take them home and experience our favorite moment over and over again.

Commercial customers love and relate to Maria’s upbeat, bright and vivid style of map illustrations, for example the bird’s-eye view maps following in centuries-long tradition of pictorial maps. The nation’s top colleges and universities, magazines, advertising agencies, state tourism departments and promotional design companies are among her clients for whom she created eye-catching renderings of conceptual drawings and colorful illustrative maps under the Rabinky Art and Illustrated Maps brands. Her artwork helps her clients identify and express their unique promotional visions. Several leading puzzle companies, in the United States and Europe, have licensed Maria’s paintings and whimsical illustrated maps. Among them, Ravensburger, Cardinal, Gibson Games.

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

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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Creative Way-finding with Illustrative Maps by Maria Rabinky

Creative Way-finding with Illustrated Maps