Back in 2015, local weekly Swerve Magazine published maps of Calgary by local illustrators. Back then (as one of the first things I tried drawing on a computer), I drew a map of my neighbourhood, Ramsay. This time around, with summer in Calgary as the theme, I drew a map of places of explore by transit, along with my 7-year-old transit enthusiast (and hippo-loving toddler, too). Take a look here to find Swerve's summer 2016 illustrated map feature!
This time, I didn't draw the map on my computer (although by this time, I sure have a better handle on how to do that kind of thing, than I did when I attempted that first Swerve map). Instead, I drew it on old-fashioned paper with ink - and here's how the project developed, in case you're interested. This was the first "concept sketch":
Then I figured out how much I'd actually be able to fit into the space and laid things out a bit more realistically (you know I always err on the side of "way too busy" - I'm always trying to cram too much in. Leaving things out is the hardest part!)
Then I drew it all in pencil (a couple of things got changed, but not many) and then I inked it. Here's how it looked before I coloured it in!
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Some nice things people said about my work:
“If Breitkreuz and Foong [founders of the Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo] represent the Type-A side of Calgary's self-publishing community, Hester may be the community's right brain.” – Tom Babin, FFWD Magazine
“…A strong graphic style similar to other autobiographically-inclined Canadian cartoonists like Chester Brown and Julie Doucet.” – Gilbert Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
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