Do the state borders have a hand drawn, halp transparent lining behind them to look like stroke tool? With an accual stroke tool for the entire country?
Is the land a separate layer lifted off of the water so you can hand draw the blue coast outline behind it?
Sorry I have a lot of questions and as I learn more about map making I want to be able to reproduce these type of things myself. Im still young(younger than I can say) and if I can learn to make maps like this within the next few years it would be awesome!