Monday, April 6, 2009

My first illustration job


The above image marks my first official illustration for a client — a local history museum. The opportunity came up when they asked to use a map from one of the magazines I design. I asked the museum's director if she would allow me to illustrate the map as a donation for the experience. She agreed, and after about a week of planning and painting, the above map is the result.

I created the maps, compass rose, and "N" in watercolor and pen, and did the type, star and circles in Illustrator.

I am very please with how it turned out, and will be using it as part of my forthcoming online portfolio (still working for the June goal!).

Actually, this isn't my first map illustration. I did some watercolor and Illustrator maps for the Kentucky State Travel Guide a few years ago for my previous employer. Unfortunately, I can't find my copy, and I haven't made an effort to contact the Kentucky Tourism Bureau to see if they have any copies left.

Anyway, would love to know what you think!

18 comments:

Diana Evans said...

Hi Tom!!!

Congratulations!!! this looks wonderful ....

Goodluck and may you get that portfolio up and start marketing your work!!!

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Diana!

Gail said...

Looks great Tom! Congratulations and good luck with the portfolio.

Edrian Thomidis said...

Congratulations Tom! You did a really nice job! The colors are so great too.

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks Gail and Edrian!

kathy hare said...

congratulations Tom! you have done a wonderful job..

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Kathy!

Edrian Thomidis said...

I have something for you over at my blog!

Kate said...

This looks great Tom! Congratulations!

Alicia Padrón said...

Congrats Tom!!! Looks awesome :o)

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks for the award, Edrian.

Thanks, Kate and Alicia!

princesstomato said...

Tom, this looks great!

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Terri!

paintandink said...

Hello! This is lovely :)

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Alison!

Phyllis Harris said...

It looks fabulous! Congrats on your first illo job! Yay!

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Phyllis!

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