Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Map, From Start to Finish

When I'm not working on children's books my "day job" is creating illustrated maps. Here is a step-by-step of one I did for Westchester Magazine.

First is the scrap that the client sent-- rough map info and a few reference photos of some of the buildings. The yellow box lists all of the places that need to be included. ("Yikes!" I say to myself. "How am I gonna make that look pretty?")

Here is a very-cleaned-up version of the sketch after the client approved it, with corrections indicated:

And, voilĂ , the finish!


gail said...

Sure looks pretty to me! Cool border.

Nice work.

Jennifer Thermes said...

Thanks, Gail! Maps are fun to do. They make me want to travel more!

gail said...

Wow, this is weird. As soon as I read this this morning I remembered I had a dream last light about working on a book with maps in it. I'm going to have to think hard to remember what it was all about. One of my favorite pieces from college happened because of a dream.

It does look like fun!

Jennifer Thermes said...

Yay for dreams- I love it when the subconscious kicks in like that.

Barbara O'Connor said...

Oh that's so cool!

And darn you, Jennifer - I'm now hooked on YOUR blog. Just what I needed - another blog to read. :-)


Jennifer Thermes said...

Haha! Thanks, Barbara!

I know what you mean... can I make a living being a professional blog reader?