Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Faceted Maps

The other day I was doodling map ideas in a coffeeshop, and started building this:

It's not maplike in the way my other drawings are, but it's got the same kind of linear fractal aesthetic. I definitely think of them as roads connected into neighborhoods, they're just arranged a little differently. I played around with color when I got home:

I'm not sure how much I like that, though. I think they need some kind of color, but maybe I'm just not good enough with colored pencils to get the effect I want with them. They might work out better with a light watercolor wash that changes over the course of the drawing. I do want to delineate "neighborhoods" with color, and that might be a good way to do it. I started building another drawing on watercolor paper, using archival pens:

I've put this project on hold to work on new "mosaic" style maps (more on those soon!), but it was a sort of promising side project. If anyone has any ideas about extending it, let me know in the comments!


  1. I always loved how organic your work felt. BTW, I came across an artist that for some reason reminded me of you, even though the media she works with is totally different. Her name is Sarah Sze,
    Maybe it's because, like you, she makes environments or even more specifically, habitats. It's really intriguing work and I hope you like it!

  2. Ooh, fun! Her site has surprisingly little information about what she actually does, but after a quick Google search I found something I really liked:
    It looks just like the twig habitations I was working on for my senior show, complete with the clamps I used to keep them upright! I might want to post about this artist later on... Thanks for pointing her out!