Digital Painting Process for Free Bird Café

One of the more challenging, yet exciting, aspects of the Map of Free Bird Café was the variety of art forms that went into making it. My process included interviewing Lisa Nesser, writing her story into cohesive anecdotes, drawing, digitally painting, and graphic designing. Below take a look at the process of digitally painting. This was done after I had hand drawn the main image of the map (on A0-sized paper) and had scanned it. This doesn't quite show the finishing touches, but it should provide a basic idea of what went into this step of making the map.

Sketchbook Update

Sketches from a research map project about Chiang Mai that I've been working on for awhile now...

Map Examples From the (Kinda Sorta [But Not Really]) TED Talk

Map are distortions of reality; they are meant to communicate the context of the here and now at a point in space and time. They can be used to illuminate, provide reference (probably what they are most famous for), manipulate, deceive, and make suggestions—all for you, the impressionable one. They tell a story. And perhaps more than any other medium, they tell the story that you expect to hear. This is because we’ve placed a great deal of blind faith in our maps, so much so that we only notice them when they lead us in the wrong direction.

Below are links to a few maps that I think are excellent examples of the various ways in which they can be used...

"A Game of Shark and Minnow" by Derek Watkins, et al. For The New York Times (2013)

"Kowloon Walled City" from the book 大図解九龍城 (1997) 

Wilamette River by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries

Stockport Emotion Map by Christian Nold (2007)

"Dérive" section from Unflattening by Nick Sousanis (2015)

"Political Map" from Empire of Torentine by a2area