By Thibaud Wiber

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Aldo Crusher, a Behance member since 2011 from Mexico, has been working with AeroMexico to provide illustrations for their on-flight destination magazine Aire. His third Behance project dedicated to this collaboration, Cosmópolis Pt. 3, has been particularly appreciated among the community and takes us on a world trip from Dubai to Las Vegas !

Can you describe your process in creating this project?
I start by looking and compiling pictures of the city I am illustrating, including culture, architecture, maps, skylines, weather and lifestyle. Once I got everything I need, I start working on the composition based on a real map, simplifying it and making it more symmetric and geometric. Then, I move forward with the color palette; it is a crucial choice as it has to reflect the city lifestyle and culture. Finally, when the main composition and color palette are ready, I start drawing the buildings, houses and all the elements in the illustration.

What was your inspiration for this project?
The project consists of representing cities around the world in a single page illustration. These illustrations are published in Aire Magazine. This magazine is distributed aboard the Aeromexico flights. These maps work as a tourist guide – in which the architectural and cultural elements of each city are highlighted. I’ve been collaborating with them since July 2013; they saw a poster I made in which I illustrated a city and contacted me to make a series of illustrated city maps !

Did you expect it to be as popular as it’s been on The Behance Network?
I had no idea it would be so popular as it is now. There are already three sets of illustrations of Cosmopolis and the three alike have been equally popular! (See Cosmópolis / Revista Aire and Cosmópolis Pt.2)

Did you go through many versions and iterations before coming up with these final pieces?
No. Once I have the composition and the colors defined there are no changes. Maybe some positions but that’s it !

Do you feel that this project is “done,” or is there anything you’d like to improve on or change in the future?
I’m still working on a map illustration every month. I’m not done with the Cosmopolis series yet! I try to do something different with each map. I would like to keep doing better color palettes and compositions. I would also like to create a better sense of volume despite being a totally flat surface.

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Did anything interesting happen as a result of the success of this project?
A lot has happened. Everyone wants a map of their hometown or they ask me when I will make a map of a specific country. I receive many messages asking me for the process of my illustrations, how long does it takes me to get a map done or just telling me that they love my work. I have also received many job offers from around the world, from magazines to art festivals.

Why did you choose to create illustrations for these cities in particular?
As this is a collaboration with Aire Magazine, they tell me which city I am going to illustrate. Every issue has a theme – for example, one of them was “The future Issue” and for that edition I made Dubai. All the cities are related to each issue of the magazine.

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Read more here:: Behind the Project: Cosmópolis Pt. 3