"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto

"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto - student project

Hey everyone! When I first wanted to do this project, I was kind of bummed out because the only place I was excited about and knew well enough to do a map of was Toronto, which obviously was the example project. I started doing a map of my hometown, but I live very far from there now and just felt really disconnected from it, so I kind of moved on from this class in general.

Luckily last month, one of my friends asked me to do a project that she could give to her boyfriend as a Christmas gift. It was her idea to do a map that included drawings of highlights from their relationship in their neighbourhood of Bloor West Village in Toronto, Canada. I hadn't even thought before that I could take a neighbourhood within the city and do a map of that, but here we are!

Because this project was a commission, I tried to add more of my own spin on it and not piggyback too much off of Tom's style. So I did blatantly ignore the 3-5 colour rule in order to express my own style. But I did include hand-inked type, and got a strenuous workout from the pen tool. I can now say I am an OFFICIAL pen tool wizard.

"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto - image 1 - student project

 

Here are some close ups:

 

"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto - image 2 - student project

The couple like to take walks in "Baby Point", a rich neighbourhood with lots of nice houses. The one depicted here is their dream house. They go for hammock picnics at Magwood Park, and their favourite coffee shop is the Golden Gecko, which has Star Wars paraphernalia everywhere.

"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto - image 3 - student project

They also really enjoy hiking, so for the compass, I decided to go with a hiker's compass. 

"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto - image 4 - student project

A grocery stand, their brunch spot, and their first date at The Gin Mill. Malfy gin is their favourite. They also like to go to the cottage on the weekends in her Kia Rio.

"A Map of You and Me" in Bloor West Village, Toronto - image 5 - student project

They love watching the salmon make their way upstream in the fall. She did not list the Old Mill Hotel as a highlight, but it's such an iconic building in Toronto, and I love the architecture, so I included it to give a sense of place.

This project was such a blast! The illustrations took lots of time, but honestly I brought that on myself with the style choice I made. I learned so much about using vectors and channels to make fine-tune selections. I also learned some basic graphic design skills, and most of all, PERSEVERANCE! I can't thank you enough, Tom! 

Jacque Armijo
illustrator/artist/designer
Teacher