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Ramen in Downtown Vancouver

Unit 2: Hand-Drawn Maps + Collecting Places

I wanted this exercise to be an illustrative warm-up, so the first 2 of the 3 maps are irrelevant to my actual project. However, I wanted to explore patterns. I freehanded these maps while looking at a computer screen (no tracing, no lightly sketching in pencil first), just so I could get a more raw depiction:

From top to bottom: (1) I started drawing a good old fashioned world map and filling in the continents with a pattern that might best represented it, then (2) I went on a more conceptual level and drew a map that shows where the hands go in Catholic prayer. Lastly, (3) I practiced scale and orientation for downtown Vancouver and pinpointed some Ramen places. Since there's a high concentration of them on Robson Street, I think I'm going for a narrower map, unless I expand my map outside of downtown.

As for my digital depiction, I'm so in love with "flat" and colourful illustration, and I want to pick up on that with my map, so here's just a quick moodboard I made with the style I want to go for:

Clockwise, starting from Top-Left: Berlin + Prague by LOV B&D, City Map of Vancouver Print by Forest & Waves, Vancouver ID by Tyler Dale

Unit 1: Brainstorm, Inspiration + Sketching

  1. Why am I making this map? Because I love Japanese ramen and I want to commemorate and express my love for it in an alternate way rather than photography or starting a food blog, etc. Although I haven't travelled much, Vancouver has some mighty damn good ramen!
  2. Why am I the expert to create this map? Because I'm actively striving to go to every ramen place that exists in Vancouver and I've had unique memories of each that could give my map an "edge".
  3. Who is my target audience? Food-loving Vancouverites or tourists who want to visit Vancouver for the food!
  4. What level of detail do I need to include? Names, addresses, street names, colour-coding, descriptions of personal experiences, what I ordered, who I went with the first/most-memorable time, dates I first visited, and visit-count.
  5. Printed or digital? And how will it be used or held? Printed for wall-decor.
  6. Dear classmates, I will need your help/expertise/guidance on how to... (if you're from Vancouver) keep me relatively "accurate" with location orientation and let me know if my illustration is whack!

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