I just love to make pretty things

I just love to make pretty things - student project

Update 3/13, the Final Project, finally:

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And my final map ended up being something I hadn't planned for! The map is part of a blog post I'll be writing to share one of my favorite trips ever, to the Island of Fernando de Noronha, in Brazil. 

I did not map all landmarks/beaches, but only the ones I had a story to share about. In the post I'm writing, I'll include photos and experiences from each place mapped. For example, on "Cachorro Beach," the sunset icon is to indicate that this is the hot spot on the island to watch the sunset. "Dolphin's Bay" is self explanatory. At "Atalaia Beach," they have this incredible natural pool that you can snorkel in, but there's a catch: you have to float, your foot can never touch the bottom of the beach! 

Anyway, I'll share more of that trip on my blog!


I love maps, I love traveling, I love photography, and I love to design, but for some reason, every time I thought about putting together a map or even an infographic (the latest craze), I never get around to it. This past Holiday season, I went on a road trip from Salt Lake City to Texas, driving through miles and miles of nothing, and I've been dying to tell that story visually with something more than photos. It's time to bring that road trip alive with a little bit of extra love, and an info-graphic map of this road trip, is my end goal for this class.

I'm no expert in map drawing, but I was the navigator on the trip (no driver's licence...), so I spend countless hours pouring over our Atlas, Google Maps, and the internet, to create the itinerary for this trip. I'm also a whiz on all things Adobe Creative Suite, so Illustrator here I come!

My target audience? No idea. Me, to be honest. I'm doing this to pleae myself, and this might be either the worst audience I could have find, or the more forgiving. I'll let you know in 3 weeks. 

The map I create in this class, I plan to use to illustrate a coffe-table book I'll create with the photos from the trip. The book will just be self-published (I always make one at the end of each of my trips, I like it better than photo albums). So the end product should be printed in a panoramic spread of about 16x10 inches. 

My score on the test was 58%. But hey, I never claimed to like  (or understand) Abstract Art. 

Hand Drawn Maps.

After I complained about the lack of a "Undo" option for hand drawing, Anne challenged me to draw with my left hand or blindfolded, but it was the challenge to draw with my foot that I accepted! You can watch me draw the map with Utah with my foot (and mark down 3 of it's cities) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xwualdSaSk

And you can see my finished artwork here: 

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Next: I'll draw with my left foot and blindfolded. Okay, no, I won't, I might stain the carpet. 

But I did some maps using my hands too, includding those next two in which I used some techniques from back when having a computer at home was a luxury, and us kids did homework by hand. 

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And then I liked the color paper idea and made this map using some leftover white charcoal:

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And last, but not least, here's the map it took me the longest to create... and it's still a work in progress. I wanted to draw one map of a fictional place, and I chose Hogsmeade, from the Harry Potter World to be that map. Disregard if it's not actually exactly like the book, it's how I imagined J.K. Rowling's world!

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Week 2 - Imaginary City Map

My imaginary city is by the sea, therefore I chose blue and yellow to play with. Also, I've always been a big fan of scisors, so this project was a lot of fun. 

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