How to Draw a Map

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  2. How to Draw a Map Easily and Without a Hassle
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{"blocks":[{"key":"f8d2v","text":"Maps are seemingly simple and easy to decipher and understand. However, if you’re asked to draw one, you won’t think the same. You may think a map is just some curved lines meeting to make a drawing or to mark an area, but things aren’t as simple as you think.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2qpll","text":"To draw a map, you need to have accurate measurements of the area you’re attempting to draw, and you need to have a rough map drawn in your mind before starting with the actual thing. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":184,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":184,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":184,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":184,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5qfg6","text":"Here, you’ll see how to draw a map without any hassle.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":54,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":54,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":54,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":54,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How to Draw a Map Easily and Without a Hassle

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If you’re not familiar with the term bearing, it’s the angle between the line connecting the North direction to the reference point and the line connecting the reference point to the object. 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So, for example, if you’re drawing an object with a bearing of 200 degrees, you should mark it at an angle of 200 degrees clockwise from the North direction you drew on the map earlier. 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Conclusion

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