LAURA LAVENDER CALLIGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN
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Sketchbook

Laura Lavender's Sketchbook

Custom Maps - the progress to a finished piece

I absolutely adore making custom maps.... it has to be among my favourite projects to work on! (Who I am kidding? I love all my projects!) Here is a progression of work through a variety of maps concepts for a large project I worked on earlier this year.

 

This map project was for the delta area of the state of Mississippi, so the goal was to include a 'Mississippi feeling' in the map. (What's a 'Mississippi feeling'? Don't ask me - but - my goodness - I have sure had fun every time I've been there!)

 

 

 

 

First, there was this. I didn't make it farther than this point and it was discarded for this project.

It's kind of a pretty beginning map idea, is it not? 

It's kind of a pretty beginning map idea, is it not? 

Next was this one. This funky hand lettering had a better feeling.  

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Then the place names were discarded and just song titles were used....

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Then it was time to add some colour. I thought this was fun. I liked these cool squares for a border - I felt they added a lot of personality to the map.  I really liked this one, with its muted colours.

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But then perhaps we needed more texture?

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In the end, this was more along the lines of what the finished piece looked like.

This was a fun & funky project.  Here is the finished design!

This was a fun & funky project.  Here is the finished design!

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