elbie bentley

elbie bentley – Designer

Experienced cartographer specializing in maps for fiction and non-fiction publications.


Hello, my name is Elbie. I am a cartographer. My love of art and my passion for geography and history have created an award-winning combination for producing beautiful, accurate maps.

During my 15 year career as a cartographer and designer, I have worked with publishers, authors, academics, and non-profits, as well as for The National Atlas of the United States, the Center of Excellence for Geographic Education at the University of South Carolina, and as an intern at National Geographic Magazine.

While I specialize in historical maps for non-fiction publications, I work in a variety of genres and on an infinite number of topics. Whether you need a simple locator map, a series of maps to illustrate your book, or an entire atlas, don't hesitate to contact me. I look forward to creating the maps for your next publication!

Education & Reference Geography History Political Science & Current Affairs
Historical Fiction
  • PhD in Geography (Continuing); University of South Carolina
  • Master's Degree in Geography; Ohio University (2009)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography; San Francisco State University (2015)
  • Bachelor's Degree in German Language and Literature; San Francisco State University (2015)

Work experience


Jan, 2010 — Present

Map design for book publications, and academic writing and editing in Geospatial Sciences field.

elbie has 5 reviews





Ian L.

Ian L.

Dec, 2023

Elbie is a really constructive and helpful illustrator. She is particularly adept at illustrations requiring the depiction of perspective. I made repeated requests for changes and some of these were complex. But rather than objecting in any way to these changes, she did her best to accommodate them. People interested in her work can also view examples on her linkedin profile.
Marc-David M.

Marc-David M.

Dec, 2023

Elbie is a true professional. She had great ideas for the various maps we needed for the book and worked tirelessly to get them perfect. She has a great sense for aesthetics and high attention to detail. The mapwork could not be better. Thanks Elbie.
Rebecca H.

Rebecca H.

Aug, 2023

Elbie delivered above and beyond my expectations and created a complete, well thought-out map for my historical fiction novel. She is a responsive and terrific collaborator, and I would definitely work with her again.
Jeff G.

Jeff G.

Mar, 2023

Elbie worked closely with me through numerous iterations to deliver a customized map/graphic that I expect will enhance the readers' experience. I appreciate her patience, speed of response, precision and ultimately her professionalism. I would certainly recommend her to others and hope to collaborate with her again in the future.
Mary W.

Mary W.

Feb, 2023

Elbie created the exact maps I needed for my book. Both she and her work are very professional. I would absolutely hire her again!

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