|the published map|
There is a lot of detail to see, the best way to view it is with the zoom-in online version here! (click on the image to bring up the zoomable version).
Sunday was "Grandparents Day" in Japan, the idea behind the map was to present news visually in a way that could be shared between grandparents and grandchildren. This turned out to be a tremendous amount of work, as I was required to create the artwork at very large size, and, as it needed to include current news events, would probably require redraw edits right up until the press day. I was given a number of key news items to include, but for several big regions I had no briefing, so ended up doing a lot of my own research for things to fill in.
|Australia, (original colouring before final edit)|
I first drew the background land map and wave texture for the sea in pen and ink on 16 sheets of A3 layout paper, which were scanned and matched together in Photoshop. I scanned in my own large watercolour textures for the sea and land to provide a rich coloured background. If I were to put the sheets together, the picture at actual size would be around 1.5 by 1 metres.
|The background world|
|Some of the sheets for the figures|
|The Amazon (original colouring as delivered)|
|The colour scheme as I delivered it. Compare to the one above or the online version. Which do you prefer?|
|East Coast North America (original colouring as delivered)|
|The Middle East (original colouring as delivered)|
|With daughter in England. Squeezed north by the Royal Baby. Ayup!|
|Did you know "sable" watercolour brushes are actually from Siberian weasels?|
The online zoomable version is still accessible here!