thisismikehall

Original prints by illustrator and mapmaker Mike Hall

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Mike is a freelance illustrator and artist based in Valencia, Spain. To see his full portfolio, please visit: www.thisismikehall.com

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 images are copyright (©) of Mike Hall. All rights reserved.

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Last updated on Feb 10, 2021

⚠️ Notice to all customers: shipments to all destinations are subject to delays at the present due to the effects of the pandemic on delivery services. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect additional delays of several weeks due to new post-Brexit customs checks. Please get in contact with any questions. ⚠️

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Mike is a freelance illustrator and artist based in Valencia, Spain. To see his full portfolio, please visit: www.thisismikehall.com

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 images are copyright (©) of Mike Hall. All rights reserved.

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About thisismikehall

Sales 1,285
On Etsy since 2011

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

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    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.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 10, 2021
Mike's store remains open for orders as usual.

Customers are assured that Mike is taking great care to handle all his prints and packaging material safely and hygienically, maintaining clean hands and surfaces within his home studio.

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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

Paypal
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.
Returns and exchange details
Please get in contact if for any reason you are not satisfied with your order, or there are any problems with it or damage sustained during shipping. 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
At the present time, my store only accepts payment by PayPal.

All listing prices are exclusive of VAT/sales tax. VAT/sale tax is automatically calculated according to the local rate and added to the total price at the checkout.
Shipping
All orders are usually processed and dispatched within 1-2 business days of being placed. Customers will be notified if for any reason there is a delay in processing or dispatching an order.

Mike is based in Spain, therefore orders are securely dispatched with tracking using the Spanish state postal service, Correos. The option to upgrade to a faster delivery service is available at the checkout. All shipping charges cover the cost of shipping as well as packaging materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Shipments to all destinations are subject to delays at the present time due to the effects of the pandemic on delivery services.

Current estimated shipping times with the standard shipping option are as follows:

Spain: 4 business days
United Kingdom: 4-8 weeks*
Rest of Europe: 5-10 business days
US and Canada: 10-15 business days
Rest of world✝︎: 10-15 business days

* There are presently significant delays to shipments to the United Kingdom due to new post-Brexit customs checks.

✝︎ Standard shipping is presently unavailable to customers in Australia, therefore orders are shipped exclusively with DHL Express.

IMPORTANT: All dates written above are provided in good faith and are based on the assumption that deliveries are made within the time estimated by the carriers. Mike is unable to take responsibility for any shipments that are delayed in transit.

Please get in contact if you have any questions about shipping or if you are experiencing any problems with the shipment of your order.