Tina Jett

Artist & Vintage Dealer

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Columbus Wedding Map (returning some time in the future with Sacramento street art!)

[REVISED MAP TOPIC!]

Back almost a year later, after Life got in the way. I have my original map concept (Sacramento street art) on the backburner (original thoughts on that below), but wanted to share another map I worked on recently.

I created the invitations for a friend's wedding, to be held in Columbus, Ohio, this summer. It was booklet/zine style, printed in black and embellished with blue and purple to coordinate with the wedding colors. The map was the center spread, highlighting the hotel and ceremony/reception venues.

Things I had to consider:

1. Because it is downtown, there were many streets to choose from. The first task was narrowing down which ones were necessary, and leaving out the less-travelled routes. I included all major highways, and then main secondary streets. Smaller roads, like the one the ceremony is on, needed to be there, even though it was tiny. I used a Google Map layer as a base, digitally tracing over the desired roads.

2. The bride wanted to have the hotel booking information included again on the map. Because the downtown area could fit, more or less, into a square, and that I had a rectangle to cover, the extra white space on the right was the perfect home for it. I added another block of information for the ceremony, to keep things consistent.

3. Also, because there were so many roads, using the handwritten font I created for the invitation helped. I was able to size it up or down with ease, and when some roads needed to be included or omitted, making changes was easy.

4. Extra illustrated details were kept to a minimum so there was no congestion or competition with the number of roads and the sidebar information. For an added touch, I included markers for Ohio State University (where the couple met), as well as the bookstore where they got engaged. Other than that, a few trees and the main river were all that was needed.

I was pretty happy with the outcome. More importantly, so was the bride. :)

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[ORIGINAL CLASS PROJECT IDEA:]

Hello! Kicking things off with the answers to the brainstorming questions...

1. Why am I making this map? This map is going to showcase some notable public street art around the city of Sacramento, California. It is being made for fun and practice.

2. Why am I the expert to create this map? Having only lived in Sacramento for just over three years, I'm still wandering around town with an observant eye. As an artist, I am drawn to all public creations, from sculpture to murals. 

3. Who is my target audience? Anyone visiting Sacramento, or those who wish to see it from a new perspective.

4. What level of detail do I need to include? Location addresses, artist info, history, and meaning.

5. Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? It could be used either way. I will most likely be creating a hand-illustrated map, rendering each art form in my own style. Still deciding on hand-drawn or digital type.

Inspiration...

1. Use-It maps of Belgium and other parts of Europe were one of the favorite parts of our trip there. They highlighted spots and info known mostly by just the locals. They give you a true feel for the city that you wouldn't find in mainstream guide books. Supposedly written for "young people", but really, they're great for getting off the tourist grid. You can print them at home before you go, or pick one up in town. One side features daytime activities and sights, and the other features the nighttime ones.

2. The Etsy shop, paintandink, makes wonderful hand-drawn maps of real, but mostly imaginary, places that have a great childlike quality to them. 

3. Herb Lester maps are definitely some of my favorites, though I like their covers more than what's inside.

Layout sketches...

Just a few ideas for how to lay out the map. Since there are going to be quite a few landmarks, I think I'm leaning towards idea #2, plotting numbers on the map and drawing thumbnails of each work on the side next to its info. This will leave the actual map a little less cluttered, still allowing it to be used for navigation without visual obstacles.

Making it happen...

I was going to do a physically hand-drawn map and then scan it, but I want to try to get a little more practice using my digital illustration tablet and Adobe Illustrator (totally self-taught here, so embrace the messy!). Starting in Google Maps, I'm tracing out the streets, rivers, and parks. Next, I'll lose the Google and put what's left onto the right size background, getting started on the art illos.

Back soon with more!

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