For the Mini assignment on Monday, we were asked to do some hand lettering of where we live. How fun! I love playing around with lettering! Here's a page out of my sketchbook:
Do you know what our maxi assignment was? I'll give you one guess.
Yup! A map of the town/city we live in. To Lilla's point - the key to editorial illustration is being able to create an image that a photo wouldn't necessarily be able to depict. A perfect example is a map! I was super excited about this one.
I started out by writing a whole slew of things that makes Madison a great place to live. And then my list got REALLY long (because Madison is awesome, of course!). I needed to focus my point of view. Then it hit me - I wanted to show how Madison was so fun for kids!
I originally started drawing the places and associated objects. Chairs for the Union Terrace; A picnic basket for Picnic Point; A baseball and bat for Mallards Baseball. Sure, they worked, but they didn't have much personality. I decided if this map was for kids, I should SHOW some kids. Duh! Here are some kiddos out of my sketchbook:
And here is the final map!
This was such an amazing project. It really made me think about WHY I am doing something instead of just churning out a whole slew of random drawings.
Wanna see where some of my classmates live? Denise • Ine • Johanna • Sam • Samantha
So...if you visit Madison with your kids, be sure you check out some of these fun activities!