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Watercolor Maps: Paint a Usable Guide to a City or Place!

Jessie Kanelos Weiner, Watercolor illustrator & author

Watercolor Maps: Paint a Usable Guide to a City or Place!

Jessie Kanelos Weiner, Watercolor illustrator & author

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8 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Tools & Supplies

    • 4. Field Work

    • 5. Revisiting Research

    • 6. Google Map Technique

    • 7. Execution

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

If you’re stuck inside, want to think differently about where you are and dream beyond the confines of your own home, do it with mapmaking! I will teach you how to make a usable and beautiful watercolor map.

Much in the spirit of my first course “Stuck at home self-portrait”, I’m all about using this current moment’s restraints and restrictions as fuel for inspiration. Even if you can’t hop on a plane and do hands-on research, you could create a map to your best friend’s house, a map from the couch to the refrigerator or a dream vacation you’ll book as soon as you can. And since I do live in Paris after all, I’ll walk students through Le Marais, an iconic Parisian neighborhood to research my own map which I will fully flesh out and execute on camera. 

Like a lot of creative breakthroughs, my mapmaking style was the product of a challenge. It happened when I was developing the maps for my best-selling Rizzoli book “Paris in Stride”. I needed to straddle a balance between it being evocative of the iconic city while also being a usable guide to a neighborhood. Thanks to Google Maps and trial and error, I found my mapmaking stride which I share in this course. Since then, I’ve created maps for Chevrolet, AFAR, Free People and Vanity Fair France.

Watercolor is notoriously finicky, but I'll share my own insider tips for filling in a uniform background, optimising white space and how to strategically think about color (using complimentary colors, color vs black and white) when executing a complex map. 

This course is for students of all levels, but some drawing experience is encouraged. 

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Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Watercolor illustrator & author


Paris by way of Chicago & NYC. Illustration by way of costume design. I've drawn an Oreo hotdog for Vogue. Welcome to my watercolor world! I illustrate all things food, travel, lifestyle and architecture for clients like WSJ, NYT and Chevrolet. Lately I've enjoyed drawing the humor found in life as a new mom, being a long-term American in Paris and making sense of this crazy time. 


I've taught watercolor workshops all over the world and teach drawing/illustration at The Paris College of Art. I was once a young artist who didn't know "what" to draw. Let me teach you everything I've learned along the way.

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1. Introduction: How can you make a map if you can't travel? Hi, I'm Jessie Kanelos Weiner I'm an illustrator and author. I'm American, but I've lived in Paris for over a decade. Vogue, Chevrolet, AFAR, etc. Call me to create maps that are evocative of an experience or a place. I go into this in my first Skillshare corse S"tuck at home self-portrait". But I'm all about using the constraints of this current moment to fuel your work and find inspiration. Like a lot of creative breakthroughs I developed my map style, when I was developing my book "Paris in Stride". Maps were very difficult to do because they are information-dense, but they also have to be beautiful. So this is all my tips and tricks to really breaking down how you can make an achievable map that's beautiful and that you can also pass onto someone else. But this is something that you can do based on your own neighborhood. But this can be a good exercise in using your memory or looking back at old images that you took on a trip to Paris or anywhere. Or it could also be a wonderful gift to share experience we want to have with someone in the future. I will walk you through Paris later and walk you through an iconic neighborhood. I will share some editorial illustration tips that you might your audience thinking about your own point of view. I do chase dreams in the map and then also using your primary research, meaning the photos, a snap and they wrote images that you took on a previous trip to really fight lots of details and colors to add richness and information to your map. But this map is going to be a little bit of a gift to my parents who are excited to come to Paris. And it's either grandson. That's what the emotion that will be fueling my drawing as well. And now's the time for you to create a map. So let's get drawing. 2. Project: This course is broken down into several sections. First tools and supplies, and then I'll call them conception and execution. So I will take you on a little trip around Paris to show you some sites and to start dissecting a neighborhood. Then from there we will come back to my atelier and print out some images and start thinking about what we want to include and what we don't want to include. And then moving on from there, I'll walk you through my Google Map watercolor technique. And then from there I will start sketching, start adding places on our map. And then it's up to you to start putting everything together. So along the way, I will talk to you a little bit about my creative processes and give you some tips on how to think like a professional illustrator and to give your work point of view and map things out, I will execute the final map with watercolor. So you can see all of the micro decisions that go into creating an evocative map. 3. Tools & Supplies: Now I'm gonna show you exactly what it is to execute the final project and also to get the brain and juices flowing. So here's everything you need to execute this class. First of all, you will need some sketchy materials I like using printer paper and a pencil. And just because it's quick video, a_2, worry about anything being too precious, but feel free to use a sketchbook if you like. Next, if you're doing your own research, you use an iPhone or some kind of a camera. You'll need a computer. I'm going to use my MacBook Pro and wake them tablet specifically for sketching out later based on a Google map. It's not required though, but this was just something that I use every day, so it's handy for me. And then moving on to the water color. If he huge and up my stuck at home self portrait class, I talk a lot about my watercolor practice, a lot of information. But just to recap, if you haven't seen that this is my current Tukey watercolors set, which I really love because the colors are transparent and also really opaque. They are working with the nicest. Also if two brushes. And I like, this is one of my favorites here. It seems to me to three millimetre brush, but it's great because it has a really pointy tip and also pretty full body, so it absorbs water and creates details. So it's the best bang for your buck. Most of them to work with some bigger brushes here just to fill surface area. So if you're showing up the background of a map, it's really good to have a bigger brush that we get more coverage and album working with, drawing them here. And for this you need some not great quality brushes and as a way of really destroying them. So these are just kinda like some plastic brushes and I got for, you know, under a couple of euros. Otherwise, don't use your fancy €40 human hair from Shiza with this because it will completely destroy them. So word from the wise, wash her brush right before and right after using drawn them just to save your brushes. And also with water color, I like using a vigorous Cyprian recipient of water. The bigger the vessel, the less often you need to change it. And you won't get into those crazy gray and brown tones. So the bigger, the better. And then also paper towels are great to, you know. Any mistakes. And also to DevOps or brush making use a clean kitchen doll and people are ego sensitive. Just a quick word about watercolour paper. This is my favorite watercolor paper. Claire Fontaine, be my sponsor please. But I like it because it's second grade to the super smooth. So if you digitize your work, scan it, and Photoshop afterwards. This is great because you don't have to fight all of that texture that needs to be removed later on. So this is 300 meters grams per meters, which is great because you can see it's got a little bit of weight to it. And if you're new at watercolor, I recommend getting a paper like this because it is sturdy enough where it absorbs water and you don't give any of that crazy warping. So if you're going to work by cloistered, Start with the watercolor paper that you can afford and that you like. But if you want to take your work to the next level, you know, it's like cooking, quality, health promoting writings put into it. So this is what I'll be using today. Now I encourage you to take out all of your supplies and let's get started. 4. Field Work: So I hope you have your metro ticket handy because now I'm going to take you into Paris. We're going to walk around a very distinct neighborhood and start collecting some information. But if you are stuck at home or if you're in your own neighborhood, please proceed with as much wonder and through the ASM as you can. So I'm all about encouraging students to use what they have. And if you can't leave your house, then just look closely at your surroundings. Since I do live in Paris. I thought I would take advantage to go on my own little research walk. And I'm going to walk around and iconic neighborhood of parents called Le Marais, which is the old Jewish quarter. And it's now kind of transformed into a trendy place with lots of cool shops. And it's also the gay neighborhood and it's iconic because of its medieval architecture. And I'm just going to walk around and see if I can find anything in particular that inspires me. So as I'm walking, I'm gonna think about a couple of things. When I was developing my book "Paris in Stride". It was kind of an open book to do whatever I wanted, a book on Paris. One keyword that really fueled all of the choices that I made, timeless was the keyword. So whenever I hesitated what to include, what not to include, I always loop back to that word, new cafe that could potentially close in two weeks. If I hesitated about that, that I didn't include it because it wasn't timeless. The other thing I really want to think about is the color story of the neighborhood. If they're a little visual cues that I can include. If there's special kind of cobblestone or a certain kind of color facade or something like that. I'm going to take some pictures and keep all of those things in mind. The other thing I want to think about is how I experienced the lock and also my audience. So it's just a map I'm going to use for myself or is this a map that I'm going to share with someone else and what I can include to help guide that path and to share my own experience and to best visually Incorporated. And another thing to think about when you like to draw, but you don't know what to draw. Especially if you want to work on a map that to evocative of a place, you can think about a challenge you can give yourself. So for example, I'm going to work with the challenge of the restaurants being closed. And I'm gonna make a map for people visiting Paris. So what can people do and how can they still enjoy the city in a way, I think about the best place to take out in a specific neighborhood. And then public parks or little places where you can people watch and still get that prison experience. And another vital thing to think about is your audience. So if say Vogue magazine commissions and illustration about the best pastry shops in Paris, we want to think about, okay, who's evoke reader? Someone with a little bit of disposable income who might know parasol ready. And I'm also thinking about, okay, this is the first time in Paris. If so, then they might want to do all the cliches. They might want to go to the famous Mecca or shops, but maybe if it's or second or third time. And there's someone a little bit more in touch with current food trends and maybe they want to go to more of the Ino, Japanese specialty, French, mashup, BigQuery or those kinds of places. So these are all things to keep in mind when you want to create a map that's evocative of a place but also fills a specific need. So now is the fun part. I'm just going to walk around and find whatever it is that inspire me. Take some research images and some notes about what I want to include and not include my map. At the garden of the Picasso Museum. And since a cafes are closest to be a great option for some takeout because their venture and you get a good precision feel their people playing ping pond. A lot of kids coming after school. So this is something great to include. Everything about this neighborhood is just the mix of old and new and vegetation that's just mixing with decades and decades of history. Just to bend, this is close, but this is a Jewish deli that money has been his gun with him coming to you for a long time. It's great to get a new sciences of astronomy and some holler brand and possibly great picnic option. So as you can see here, this is a totally iconic thing about this neighborhood is obviously mosaic. Besides, I think there are a lot less than there were in the past, but this would be a really great thing to include in our map, I think, is a nice textural quality and it also is evocative of the neighborhood, as well as very colorful facade. So these are all things to keep in mind when we're conceptualizing our math. And really thinking about what to include, what, what the central and what really brings in and good touch. This very specific neighborhood. Wei Xiao Dong Joseph numerator, which is a great place to stop. And finally, the audit doses for they picked up along the way. And the great thing about this neighborhood is it's full of lots of hotel particularly, which are private residences from way back when and now they've been converted into gardens cultural institutions. So this is another review to conclude because as you can see, a lot of provisions are here. Having a snack, catching up. It's one of these little hidden treasures in Paris. They got a handle on the neighborhood I'm going to pronounce and pictures had back to my tele and start putting together the map. 5. Revisiting Research: So now you have a little bit of an idea of what I'm going to be attacking in my final project. And so now I'm going to print out some images of my work. And I'm gonna think strategically about what you want to include. What I don't want to include. The you add some little details that I picked up along the way and also thinking about who this map is four. So before we begin, I'm just gonna share a couple little maps from the past can give you a visual idea of things to avoid and how to get a better perspective on hiring and execute this. So this first one is obviously Paris, and we get an idea of the city and its Marlins a geographically correct, but doesn't really give us any cues or information about how to navigate the city. Ok, so that would be a beautiful editorial illustration, but I wouldn't recommend it being a map. The second one is very much in the vein of a Google map. It works, but who cares? It's not beautiful, right? So this is losing some information. And the treatment on the pages a little bit spotty. You can see there are some grades at, at much probably than others. So this can be a good base to start building layers. But otherwise it doesn't really say anything about the neighborhood. It's completely void of all information. And the next one is just too much information. This isn't a bird's eye view. It could potentially work if it were, if it were well executed. But you get an idea of the neighborhood, but it's not navigable. So these are all things to think about when you look at other people's work. Or if you're researching maps and things to think about moving forward before we begin sketching, I printed out some of the images from our walk itself. And this is a great tool if you feel stomped. I love using paper and what's not and ecologically responsible in one. But it's just nice being able to move things around and start understanding where all the places are and what to include and what to not include tanks. I'm just gonna take a look here. These are pictures that I snapped along the way and also some images I found on the internet and that specific neighborhoods. So I'm just going to take a look here and see what's important. What's you include, what not to include. Ok, so definitely want to keep the mosaic. I think that'll be a great element to incorporate with a map that we're gonna put this to decide. These are all things I'm going to keep. I'm just gonna start eliminating things little by little. I mentioned it's also the gay neighborhood, but we didn't really go that specific spot. So I'm just gonna put this one to this side. All right, this is student IT too much medieval architecture, but this is an iconic two buildings. So I'm going to put that to the side. This is kind of a nice graphic detail to this is very evocative of the neighborhood. These two here, just with street art and the street names. Really old gaping. So I think I'm just gonna keep that one there. And since I want to include some food, I'm going to include this kebab, I'm sorry, NSF, falafel. I should know better. And here's something else maybe to include are all these big teddy bears that are very much part of the Parisian cafe. She now, a lot of cafes have incorporated these two uncertain tables to Mark social distancing. So I'm gonna put that to the side and repair. That's one of the street names that I recommend walking down. So I'm gonna put that to the side for now. And so this is a pretty good start, I would say. And then also I would like to include the metro. And this is the exit of the metro to get some nice Parisian architecture, which can give you some context that we are in Paris that were not in Tel Aviv. And then there's also a carousel. So this could be a good visual signifiers and put this to the side. We didn't go here, but plus devote as an iconic park, but we didn't go there. So I'm just gonna put this to the side here. So as you can see, I printed out just really quickly a Google map that I made. I'll walk you through this leader and he put on all the points that I'd like to include in my walk. And I just mapped it out with a red line, which means it gives me an idea of the flow of the map and that it is indeed walkable. So for example, before I mentioned, I didn't include the plastic Auschwitz way over here, so that would take us all, all the way to another end. And the other thing too is you don't have to make the map exactly as you would a Google map. So I draw out some potential compositions like this, and I think this is Harvard executed that way I can do a good landscape format and also optimize the page as much as possible. So this is a good tool to linear, strategically mapping out how you're gonna make a map. So now you should have an idea of how I'm going to execute this map. And if you tips on proceeding with your own. And in the next lesson, I will show you how I make a walkable guide map using Google Maps. 6. Google Map Technique: I'm going to teach you how to create a color, which means he who at the end we'll have a map which you can use as a guide to, to explore and neighborhood or a certain spot or a certain path from your house to your fridge? I don't know. So even if you are keeping it very local and you're not leaving the house, you just stay in your own neighborhood. Hopefully this'll just give you a good idea of how to create a map that you can share with someone else. If every age is integral, somewhat after the pharmacy or who knows. So you have Google Maps here in case you don't know, you want to click on the corner three lines and you want to go to your Places. And you want to go to maps and go down to the bottom and create a map. And then from here you can name it whatever you want. And if my map. And then you can just search for anything really. And then you can add a point this way, or you can have an address or whatever you want. Okay? So for the sake of time, I already put down all of the places that I want to include on my map. I'm just gonna go through these really quickly there in red and orange. And a good way to start any kind of walk or guided exploration is at a metro stop because it gives people a tangible way to begin. So I put the first spot here, there's going to be my beginning at some paul metro. And it's also the line where I live, so it's pretty easy. So I'm gonna just start drawing the line using the line tool from St. Paul and then this is the path that I took at, I highly recommend. So down repent, and then down r2 rose Yj, which is the Jewish quarter. And then we'll walk by Ms. known, which is delicious sandwiches and the public garden and the takeout spot and that little square. Everyone who's really enjoying themselves getting take-out. The corner cafe with the giant teddy bears. Now we're taking, whoops. Hello. I don't mean that orange is gonna continue on here. And I'm going to take this out here by all these lovely shops. This is that beautiful flower shop. And then finally we end in the garden of the Picasso museum. So I'm just gonna take a screenshot. So this is ultimately your reference point for what the Welcome look like and it is definitely accurate with all the street names, etc. So what do determine how much we want to add it through and add all of this around here, or just simply to walk ok. So I'm gonna go to my screenshot and drag it into Photoshop and take a look here. So this looks pretty good, but I think I might change the composition a little bit so it fills a whole page. So I'm just going to start I'm just going to start playing around a little bit and seeing if there is an interesting way to play around with my composition. So this looks good because it fills up the whole page and I can really play around with having enough space to fill up with the icons and the different things to see. Okay, so this looks pretty good to me. I think I might just keep this like this. Okay. So with that said, I'm going to go to New Layer. I'm going to start drawing out the street names. This is another method that I just kind of came up with because they don't have a light box. But if you put your computer at the high-end, highest light possible, then you can put your watercolour paper on top of your map and then just trace it out like this. So for me, I'm going to add a layer and just start drawing the street on top. Then I'll print this out on water color paper. So use whatever technique you like. I'm just going to use a fine line in black like this and just martin off all the streets. And I'm gonna put a star for each place so you know exactly where they are. Another layer infamous as white. So imagine this is your piece of paper, and I have this here. So if I were to print this on watercolor paper will be super dark. So I'm just going to play with the opacity a little bit and make it more of a sketch line. So when you print this out, it'll have to sit very loose sketch of what I want to keep aside for the streets themselves. Okay? So at this point I'm just going to save this as the map empty and then print this out on my watercolor paper. But those are two methods to recreate this Google map for your final map. So at this point, I encourage you to take a second look at what you've done so far and put together the map, See how you wanna do it. I'm going to put it together and trace out the streets and either trace it on paper or do the printing method. And then from here we will get started on the watercolor technique. And you can change a pendula interest quite dark, but mostly for the camera. But what do you use? What color you want to use? Your really light touch is because once you put the water on top and the paint, it doesn't come up. So just keep that in mind as well. So before you start adding, withdrawing government and working on this map background, I'm just going to sketch out all of the things I'm going to include in the final map just so that I know what slides blank and then I can also include Dragon as well. So if you haven't done so already, I encourage you to trace your drawing onto paper about all of your places and start attacking the places with watercolor. But I ended up doing was I added all of the spots that I'm going to recommend in just a really late watercolor wash. So this is a little bit darker than I would usually do it just for the sake of being able to see on the camera. If you don't like doing a black wash like this because I have the impression that it flattened to water color a little bit. I prefer just to use the volume because impure color. But anyway, this was just kind of an outline of how I'm going to proceed. And as you can see, it will have a research images here. This is where the WACC is going to begin. That's a metro stop with the carousel and computer architecture. So that the person's gonna go around this way and asked to have some empty space here where I can add other details or other things in there. Or even notes. Another thing to consider is you could just draw a red path from the beginning to the end, but you could also add numbers. So this would be number 12345 and then make a key on the side. So these are all little editorial things to consider. And if you're doing research on maps, you can look into those kinds of things as well. Okay, so this is still the pencil line. I'm going to now show you how to use dried gum to map out the streets. And another reason why I do this out and just kind of a light wash is because watercolor has a way of bleeding. And so if you use, if this were all in red, for example, of article on top of it with a blue wash to do the background, then I would run the risk of really bleeding my colors together. So this is just kind of a way to keep it clean and to get the results that you want. Okay, so before I begin, I just want to walk you through how I developed this technique and the solution that it helped to resolve for me. So when I was helping maps for person stride, at first you can see I just mapped out the different squares of the map, and then I just filled in each one individually with watercolor. It's beautiful, but it's often not uniform. You can see here that I've got some kinda crazy water patches to. So I'm going to be using some drawing gun here that she should have already. So kay. So I'll just show you really quickly how I'm not this out. So the drying gum essentially is I think it's latex or something like that. So it creates a waterproof layer on the paper. So any watercolor on top, it's the ultimate exercise in positive and negative K. And just insider tip, I recommend trying this out on your watercolour paper before you commit to your final drawing. Just because sometimes it can pull up a little bit of the top layer of the paper and it can get a little bit crazy, some confidently just going to fill in with a wash like this. So this gives us a more uniform base, which means the details on top of the map will pop into not just the mapping cell canvas, cuz you really cleaned a fine line as well. That's why I like it. And the word on the allies, make sure that your watercolors completely dry or else you can get some smudging. And also you can get some of this kind of wacky top layer that gets a little bit messed up. So anyway, i'm just going to show you how coolness news, very early warning. So this will be removed and then from there you can add all of your details on top. So I just put together this little. So you can see that it's a great option to have because you can map out a lot of detail in a really flat wash. And then we can add even that black and white on top, which is a really great option to get detail and life. Let's just get started. I'm going to start backing up the streets. Once again, I encourage you to use a bad brush because this stuff has a way of destroying natural brushes. And these are just some cheap brushes that I get for $0.99. And they are great for this kind of thing. And they're not too precious either. Okay, so I'm just going to competently start blogging on our streets. I'm going to exaggerate them a login it just because I eventually want to add the street names, I'm enough room to do that. So now you know how I create my distinct watercolor maps tile. So in the next lesson, I'm going to execute my map using all of these things that I just taught you. 7. Execution: So in this next lesson, I'm going to show you exactly how I'm going to execute this map, including all of the details possible using the watercolor Google map technique. And this is really where the fun begins and you can start incorporating color and really thinking about the color story and how all of the pieces are connected. So as I started to think about color, I really liked the mosaic tiles that I saw, especially this color palette. So I'm going to use this to create almost a tiled effect and the background of the map. So if you want to know that a bit boring, but my own watercolor technique, I go into this a lot in my first course, stuck at home self portrait. So you'll see a little bit about how I mixing directly and on the table and have a look on how I approach this. Here is our lovely map. The drying gum has dried and I'll remove it just in one moment. So patients one seconds. So just looking at this at first glance, I always recommend to young artists to step away from your work if you are hesitant about what steps you wanna take, it's always good to come with it with fresh eyes. So just looking at this, I like that, the tile effect, but I'm a little bit worried that it's going to be a little bit too saturated and colors because of all these spots are in color too, then I run the risk of too much stuff going on. So through the magic skill, share a particular two different options to just kinda see how the color will look. So here's our dear teddy bear, which I'll painting later in full color on the background and then also in black and white. So in my mind, if its color, it may be a little bit too much. There may not be much flow to the map because everything is going on at once. However, if I treat all the icons of black and white, then that can really lead to some interesting stuff. Later I wanted to add color, for example, in the street names or an another element. So watercolor is not for the faint of heart. You have git commit. So if you're not a commitment person, definitely swipe left done watercolor. But the great thing about it is if you are stumped and you don't want to commit to making a mistake, then always just try to play around on the side and see exactly what kind of effect you want. Alright, so this is the moment of truth, if you like. This is probably a YouTube genre and has not yet been popularized. Move this, drawing them. So as you can see, this is our beautiful math and we see all of the streets now and now's the time is going to use an eraser to clean it up. And then I'm going to start adding the colour. Just looking back to this little sampler here. Since I have some different spots on my map that are outliers, that aren't on the path itself. We just had an idea based on this sample here. But I think that all the things on the math and I recommend will be in color and then all the things on the sides and are on the path will be in black and white. And then I can take a look later and see how that looks together. Great thing and the first thing about watercolor is. It's a game of patients, so it's all about working with layers. So after you work on several things at once, just so I can start to get a good handle of what I'm doing and to start building it out little by little k. So first of all, I'm going to add some color to this Cavafy, sorry, falafel watercolour, it's always light to dark. Nmr maybe can't take away, so just docent out really nicely. So I like to start sometimes with the darkest spots, which is the inside of this kebab. Just to kinda understand where all the pieces meet and to start building color that way. I'm going to fill in that yellow napkin as well. So you can see, and as we see here on my table, let's try this out to you. Some of that burden number three, mean. Just start adding some detail on the falafel that over here as well. So you can always add more, but this is just kind of start to flesh out the texture. And to really start understanding all the forms. The volume, volume is everything with little teddy bear and we'll get this on here for a little while as well on paper totals are nearby. So this is a good first step and then I'll just keep layering and layering and layering. Another good tip is to put a paper towel on the surface where your hand will be that way you don't mess anything up. It happens even two. And then add this little bit of derivatives here. Just to start building up that millenarian black and white in slant a little bit of shadow, just understand the weight. And so it also looks a little bit more intentional. This isn't the exact part, but this part here has these conical treats on display. And those as a little detail. Just add a little bit of detail and we're going to use my brush with a tip just to give it a little bit of texture. So Psychiatry, your work looks flat. Always think about where the light is coming from. So did you notice I put a layer greed on the left side is to make sure that it pops a little bit more. And talk about this a lot in my first course. But watercolor in particular, the whitespace, aka the paper, is really the most important color. So you have to anticipate that as much as possible. So you can see here I kept a little white spots on the trees just to give it more volume and also to let it speak a little bit more. So this is a park bench. You ended a little bit more pigment. Each line was when the land was wet, I added a little bit more pigment on the left side just to give it a little bit more and volumes and understand that we understand the forums space trick to think about is to step away for a couple of minutes and come back. I'm squinting my eyes at the moment and I don't see much of anything which isn't a good time. So that means I need to keep building my watercolors and maybe add a little bit of shadow underneath all of these just to differentiate the place itself and the background. Okay, so I'm just gonna get continue breezing through those and I'll stop when they're any little watercolor tricks that I can share with you. And I'm just going to practice writing out a few different handwriting options for the street names. Ok, so this is all good stuff to determine ahead of time. So you don't do something you don't want to do that you can't take away. Okay, so this is looking very pristine, which makes me very nervous. That will mess it up back again. So let's try out a couple of options, okay, so use your own script. I mean, I feel like there's a lot of beauty in your own personal handwriting because it's yours. I'm just gonna try it a couple of options. So now we're going to fill in the street names, all the street names that are necessary to follow the path all the way up like this. And, and also think about, since the backdrop is green and blue, we can use complimentary colors. So I go into this quite a bit in my study at home without portrait course. But if you take the opposite end of the color wheel, the opposite end of green is red, then you get a really nice contrast. I might add a couple more read details along the way just to make everything pop and to also guide them the ILO on it. Here's a trick that you can use, which I find is helpful for facades and things that aren't just white but have a little bit into C will use whitewater color. You might be thinking, well, isn't water, transparent water that way? No. So if you add a little bit of pigment to the y like this and you get a really nice wash that's still a little bit opaque, so you have a little bit more control dosing it out. So that's definitely helpful when you're doing things like this. So looking at my math now this looks great and harmonious. But if you're just to give this to someone, they wouldn't necessarily be able to navigate it. So I'm going to add some little numbers. Of course, if you had the foresight to do this ahead, you could map out all the spaces. You wanted to add numbers reminiscent to cut these out you think collage. And then I'm just gonna stick them onto each spot and then I'll draw my red line. There we go. We've got numbers. I'm just going to add a red line to make the path. So another thing that I use often, it is liquid water color, which is great because super saturate, these are really great because they are saturated, but this is a whole other level. So I'm just gonna do a little test here to see how it looks like the green. As I mentioned before, red and green are the opposite end of the color wheel. So this could potentially be to mash that was going to see how this looks at if time. Hopefully it doesn't look too much like sand. This workshop is going to try to write down a little bit too. We're going to try this ready here. Which she has worked with thicker application than the liquid watercolour. Okay. Not only do our Honey, I'm gonna do a little bit of it and dotted line like this. So you can see even if I have an idea of what I'm gonna do and I know what it's going to look like. So are some things that are left to last-minute which can be stressful, but with time, the confidence, and able to make these decisions all the time. And that's the exciting thing about my job. Isn't able to bully, stay active and think about ways to do better and to improve my work. This even looks to team, so I might just commit. And so here we have our finished map. I'm going to add a little bit of key, a key and scan it and show you in a little bit. But I'm pretty happy with this. I think it's evocative of the neighborhood and of our experience, and it will be a really wonderful gift for my parents. Another thing to consider is adding a title. Or you can even add a little line and describe each place. So the options really are in the list, but I'm happy with this as harmonious and Assad to oversaturated, saturated with details. So now you see exactly how I put together the map and using all the tips and tricks along the way. And I'll put all the micro decision-making processes that go into place to execute a editorials diamagnetic. So feel free to upload your drawings and your sketches down below and I'll be sure to comment on them accordingly. And now's the time for you to create a map. So let's get drawing. 8. Conclusion: So congratulations, you've made aa beautiful map that's evocative of an experience, of something that you know really well and will also help someone else put on your shoes when they're discovering that specific place. So please upload your work down below. I'd love to see what you've been up to, comment and help you move your process forward And I look forward to bringing you in next class very shortly. 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