I recently did an illustrated map of Lake Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe region published in the Fall 2015 edition of ON Nature magazine.
Map and illustrations by me, graphic design by Levi Nicholson.
The map depicts the shoreline of the ancient Lake Iroquois, a freshwater lake that drained into the Atlantic with the retreat of the glaciers and left behind what is now Lake Ontario. The article explores the unique features that it left behind. As a resident of this area, it was interesting to learn that myself and most of the population of Ontario are living where a lake once was!
You can read the accompanying article in the digital version of ON Nature Magazine here (my map is on the following spread).
Recently I had the opportunity to do a four page illustrated map of the Oak Ridges Moraine, which is a 160km long natural corridor in Southern Ontario. The map highlights the trails, and activities for nature lovers as well as areas of ecological significance.
The map without annotations.
You can see the map with all the annotations in the Winter 2014 edition of ON Nature Magazine here!
I recently finished up an illustrated map about land planning in northern Ontario. Two days after accepting the job I sprained my thumb playing in net at a soccer game (ironically I haven’t played net in at least a decade, always using the excuse that I was an artist and couldn’t risk injuring my hands). Of course it had to be my right hand.
But if my illustration education taught me anything, it’s that the show must go on. Clients are relying on you meeting the deadlines and in the illustration field your reputation is everything! So I toughed it out and here is the end result :) In this case I did do the graphic design.
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