pittsburgh // neighborhoods // drawings

imaginary city map : attempt #1 : playing with collage + pattern 

imaginary city map : attempt #2 (not really imaginary since this is another map of my neighborhood), playing with tracing + gouache 


" . . . home is where you feel at home. I'm still looking." Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

"A place belongs to anyone who has use for it." The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

pittsburgh, pa // view from Mt. Washington


hand-drawn map attempt #1 : lawrenceville, pittsburgh, pennsylvania

hand-drawn map attempt #2: mexican war streets, northside, pittsburgh, pennsylvania

hand-drawn map attempt #3 : lawrenceville, pittsburgh, pennsylvania (with personal notations)


Why am I making this map? 

My husband and I moved to Pittsburgh about nine months ago for my work. We have found some sweet friends, a cozy house and a surprising art scene. We have a long list of places to explore and are working on getting to know this city and make it our own. I thought that I could use this class as an excuse to illustrate some of the neighborhoods that I am learning about and working on calling my own (at least for now). 

Why am I the expert to create this map?

Definitely not the expert! I decided to start with two neighborhood maps - one is the neighborhood where I live and the other is the neighborhood where I work. I am still learning so much about this city and thought I could use this class as excuse to put some of the pieces together and also share some of my favorite finds over the past several months. 

Who is my target audience?

No one in particular - these maps are for me and my husband, maybe to share with friends who visit. 

Do I want my final project to be printed or digital? 

I love hand-drawn maps and illustrations. I imagine I'll probably stick with the something drawn for my final project. I would like to introduce some color - and maybe think beyond just individual neighborhoods. . . This is definitely a work in progress!

What level of detail do I need to include? 

I am still working on this - there is a part of me that wants to have the map venture into the realm of journal / visual diary. Instead of just marking what each place is - also making notations, such as "where to find the best chocolate pudding" or "where we had post-elopment cocktails." We'll see how that works in to future maps. I don't want them to get too cluttered.


Dear class, I need your help/expertise/guidance on how to.....

I am open to feedback / direction. 

I would like to experiment with and add some of the following elements in future maps: 

1. More illustration (actually illustrating specific buildings / memories / sites / landmarks).

2. Playing with color (but having this be strategic - are only favorite places in color?)

3. Where and how much detail to put in if I do add specific notes / memories? 


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