At simplyput, creating custom artwork for our client's special events makes us happy. Recently, we were asked to create a custom map for a wedding at the beautiful WaterColor Beach Resort. Our very own, Lauren Markham, went to work hand-illustrating all of the locations that needed to be included…and here's how she did it.
Creating a custom map…
Although I have been creating art my entire life, every project still ensues A LOT of erasing…not sure if it’s due to my perfectionism or if I could use a few MORE formal art lessons. Regardless, I love the journey of creating, all erasing included. This journey is the way I make peace with the world and my day to day.
Fortunately, the ladies here at simplyput encourage my creativity and allow me the opportunity to create things like custom maps…
First, I build a database of images that our client would like to include in their map. Then I pull up google maps and star each location to see how they relate to one another and how I can create a logical, helpful map while maintaining style, grace and awesomeness.
The drawing begins – I do a quick sketch of everything. Then I dig in further by adding character to each place. I don’t necessarily aim to create a realistic study of the places, but rather capture its essence…what gives a place its character?
Once the refined sketches are complete, I scan them in the computer and use our handy dandy Wacom tablet to recreate the images as vector art. This allows me to edit the drawings – shrink them, enlarge them, take away details that get lost when the places are shrunk down to an inch, etc. Then I add anything I think the map needs to give it that final touch – also known as awesomeness.
Afterward, it is letterpressed and Voilà!, my job is complete. I feel a huge reward seeing our client’s reaction (and everyone else's).