thisismikehall

Original illustrated maps and prints by Mike Hall

Valencia, Spain · 793 Sales

thisismikehall

Original illustrated maps and prints by Mike Hall

Valencia, Spain 793 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Mike Hall

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Note from shop owner Mike's shop is now closed for a short period and will reopen on 4th August. Please follow Mike's Twitter feed (@thisismikehall) or email mike [!at] thisismikehall.com for more news and information.

A selection of Mike's prints are on sale at various shops in London, please contact them for more details:

Bunka (4 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill SE23 3XU) - bunka.co.uk
E17 Art House (54-56 Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 4PG) - e17arthouse.com
In With The Old (31 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell EC1R 4QL) - inwiththeoldshop.com
Of Cabbages & Kings (127 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington N16 0PH) - ofcabbagesandkings.co.uk
Studio 73 (73 Brixton Village, Brixton SW9 8PS) - studio73art.com
We Built This City (46 Carnaby Street, Soho W1F 9PS) - webuilt-thiscity.com

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Last updated on Jul 19, 2018

Mike's shop is now closed for a short period and will reopen on 4th August. Please follow Mike's Twitter feed (@thisismikehall) or email mike [!at] thisismikehall.com for more news and information.

A selection of Mike's prints are on sale at various shops in London, please contact them for more details:

Bunka (4 Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill SE23 3XU) - bunka.co.uk
E17 Art House (54-56 Hoe St, Walthamstow E17 4PG) - e17arthouse.com
In With The Old (31 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell EC1R 4QL) - inwiththeoldshop.com
Of Cabbages & Kings (127 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington N16 0PH) - ofcabbagesandkings.co.uk
Studio 73 (73 Brixton Village, Brixton SW9 8PS) - studio73art.com
We Built This City (46 Carnaby Street, Soho W1F 9PS) - webuilt-thiscity.com

Mike Hall

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Mike Hall

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About

How I started on Etsy

I have always maintained an obsessive interest in maps and map art and decorative 19th century map prints have been particularly influential.

It was around early 2011 when I decided to create a hand drawn map of Brockley, the neighbourhood in south-east London where I was living at the time; I was intrigued by online discussions about local history, buildings, shops, restaurants and businesses in the area, and so I decided to place it all on a map.

This design was enthusiastically picked up by a local website who ran a feature about it, and almost immediately I received many emails from fellow SE4 residents who wanted to know if they could purchase a copy.

I had never sold prints on a regular basis before, and initially I took orders by email and personally delivered packaged prints to people’s doors and accepting cash (handily most of these early customers lived no more than 10 minutes’ walk from my house).

However I knew this system couldn’t be maintained for long, and I was keen to set up an easy-to-use, safe and legitimate online shop and direct enquiries there.

So, on the advice of my good friend James Ward, a.k.a. Jimbobart (who at that point had successfully been running a shop selling customised ceramics on Etsy for about a year), I decided to set up a profile and shop of my own on Etsy.

Soon afterwards I decided to expand my range and create a whole series of hand drawn, illustrated maps of London, particularly its individual boroughs and neighbourhoods just like the Brockley one. Today I have 17 London maps in my range which is continuing to grow.

Each map is drawn and coloured using a pen tablet using a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; the first few maps where entirely drawn on paper with digital edits, whereas these days I create them entirely digitally. Each design takes up to 3-4 weeks to complete.

Alongside my maps, I also sell a range of other prints and products with a strong London theme.

My range of map designs has proven to be particularly popular with London residents, particularly those who are on the lookout for unique London-themed artwork which crucially is personal to them and specifically depicts a place that they live or perhaps work in. Frequently customers mention to me that their purchase is a gift for someone they know, and some of my customers are from as far away as the USA and Australia.

All of this has proven that a relatively niche-interest product can still have a wide-ranging appeal, and Etsy has been a vital part in bringing my work to a bigger audience.

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  • Mike Hall

    Owner, Designer

    I am a freelance illustrator and map designer based in Valencia, Spain. I specialise in digital illustration and line drawing on paper, mainly concentrating on illustrated maps and architectural illustration.

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Last updated on June 20, 2018
Born in Harlow, UK, Mike has been fascinated by maps and architecture for as long as he can remember, spending endless days of his childhood drawing buildings and maps of places both real and imaginary.

Since graduating from the University of Westminster in London in 2008 he has developed a specialism in detailed map illustration and architectural drawings, working for a variety of clients around the world including the publishers HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House and Scholastic, and brands such as Butlins, Condé Nast, Dishoom, Goodwood and Vanity Fair. For more details about his commissioned work, please visit Mike's portfolio website.

Represented by the international illustration agency Illustration Ltd since 2013, he now lives and works in Valencia, Spain.

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All of Mike's print designs are completely original, unique creations designed entirely by his hand, requiring many hours' worth of research, dedication and hard work. All are inspired by his deep interest in maps and cartography, as well as design, culture, history, architecture and travel, and make the perfect gift for map lovers and travellers everywhere.

All prints are giclee and printed using a professional wide-format Epson SureColor printer and Ultrachrome HD archival inks on high quality, exhibition-standard paper.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your order, or there are any problems with it or damage sustained during shipping, please get in contact. The option of a refund or exchange will be made available, though Mike will not be responsible for any return shipping costs or returns lost in the mail.
Payment
All prices listed are inclusive of VAT. If you are customer in the UK or another EU country with a valid VAT number, you can contact Mike directly to arrange an order with no VAT charge.

I accept payments by bank transfer upon request. For any queries regarding payment, please contact me by emailing:
mike [!at] thisismikehall.com
Shipping
All orders will be processed and dispatched within 2-3 working days of being placed, however if for any reason there is delay in dispatching your order, you will be notified.

As Mike is based in Spain, all orders are securely dispatched with a tracking number using the Spanish national postal service, Correos, and shipping charges are set according to their rates. Delivery times are as follows:

Spain: 2-3 working days
United Kingdom: up to 7 days
All other European Union or EEA countries: up to 7 days
Rest of world: up to 21 days

N.B. All amounts of time given above are estimates only, based on normal circumstances and conditions, and delivery times can vary due to unforeseen circumstances or according to location. Several extra days may be expected at busy times of year, such as Christmas.

If you would like to discuss a faster shipping method for your order, please get in contact.

If there is a delay in the delivery of your order, please get in contact.

Mike will not be responsible for any delayed, damaged, lost or missing parcels.

CONTACT:

For all enquiries please contact me via Etsy or by emailing:
mike [!at] thisismikehall.com
Additional policies and FAQs
For all enquiries please contact me via Etsy or by emailing:
mike [!at] thisismikehall.com