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Venice Beach Map

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Venice Beach, Florida Map

I was recently contacted by Sarasota Magazine with a request for an illustrated map of Venice Beach (Florida, not California). The concept were pretty straightforward; highlight all of the focal points of the beach as spot illustrations. Of course they provided me with a list of the relevant focal points and page layout requirements. They did have a rather tight deadline, but it was manageable.

I did the illustration part and Gigi Ortwein did the design work after I was done. Gigi is an awesome designer I have known since my days at Ringling College of Art, so I was excited to see what she would do. Of course I wasn’t disappointed and I look forward to working with her again.

The map appears in Sarasota Magazine so go check it out.

FIU South Florida Map

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Florida International University South Florida Map

This is one of my latest projects… an illustrated map of South Florida for Florida International University’s recruitment booklet. The folks at FIU were great to work with and I met some nice people.

Most of my maps are close to real scale if not true in scale, so maps like this one that cover such a large area really require me to think differently. There is a balance that must be kept between the liberties you take exaggerating scales and the true scale that makes a map a map. I started this map in particular with a painterly landscape and created the “point of interest” illustrations on top of it. The philosophy being that the map without anything on it should be just as visually appealing as the stuff I pile on top of it. The exaggerated perspectives of the spot illustrations wasn’t measured out with any geometric formula or anything although I did try to maintain a bit of a fish-eye lens feel to it. And yes, drawing the Aquarius habitat was really fun.

FIU South Florida Map

Aquarius Habitat
FIU South Florida Map - Coral Gables
FIU South Florida Map