Lake Winnipegosis: Freshwater Lake Series

The newest in my Freshwater Lake Series is Lake Winnipegosis which is located in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It has entertaining lesser known alternate spellings of Lake Winipigoos or Winipigis which were once more commonly used!

A full size version of the map is displayed on They Draw & Travel if you follow this link (or click on the map image below to be transported!).

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Reindeer Lake: Freshwater Lake Series

The next in my hand-lettered Freshwater Lake Series is Reindeer Lake. At the South end is Deep Bay, which according to local legends is the home of a monster that pulls animals through the ice to eat them during the winter! It’s name is possibly just “Deep Bay Monster” which is kind of lackluster – I think it deserves a super cool name like some of Canada’s other cryptozoological wonders 🙂

You can pop by They Draw & Travel to see the full sized version of my map here (or click the map image below to be transported!).
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Winnipeg Eats – Illustrated Map

This year I completed a fairly intensive map piece called “Winnipeg Eats.” It showcases many cherished iconic food establishments and restaurants in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba. I grew up eating at many of these places and think it is wonderful they are still around for people to enjoy 🙂 All the logos are original hand-lettered and illustrated artwork, in fact every bit of lettering on here was done manually by me – even the street names! It was an interesting exercise in conceptualizing and creating lettering in multiple distinct styles in order to show a unique identity for each establishment. If you are ever in Winnipeg, I highly recommend you check these lovely places out!

The image below is a small preview, but the a larger version has been showcased on They Draw & Travel here!

TDAT x UPPERCASE Map Competition – MATS Showcase

I recently did a post on my “Curiosities of Toronto” map showcased on the wonderful website They Draw and Travel. I submitted it for an illustration competition they are putting on with the fabulous UPPERCASE magazine (closed now, but results tbd) for which the artists created a map of curious and unusual places where they live or grew up. There are so many lovely submissions, and quite a few of them are from my lovely MATS friends. I decided to do round-up post so you can check out all of the Bootcampers’ wonderful submissions! Here you go 🙂

So Much to Do in Manitou, Colorado by Stephanie Olivieri
Gibsons, British Columbia by Jana Curll
Welcome to Bremen Altstadt, Germany by Tessa Rath
Purple Mountain Majesties in Colorado Springs by Wendy Brightbill
DC LOVE by Susanne Kasielke
Greater Providence, Rhode Island Hot Weiner Tour by Jill Howarth
Curiosities of Toronto, Canada by Ashley Lotecki
A Tour Along the Kamo River in Kyoto, Japan by Reika Hunt
What’s so great about Portsmouth, UK? by Jen Burbridge
Cincinnati, Ohio by Brooke Albrecht
My House in Forest Hills, Queens, New York by jane sanders
Adelaide, South Australia by Kate Mason
A Beautiful and Magical Visit to Prague, Czech Republic by Petra Hämmerleinova
Orlando, Florida: Beyond the Mouse by Lori Weitzel
A Grand Adventure in Japan by Nicole LaRue
Magical Serifos by JOANNA CHRYSOHOIDIS
High Towers in Stockholm, Sweden by Anna Berger
LeRoy, NY, Birthplace of JELL-O by Jennifer Wambach
Portsmouth, New Hampshire by Shannon Hays
Fanciful Map of San Francisco, California by mary rachael schafer

Good luck everyone!

“Curiosities of Toronto” Map – They Draw and Travel

My latest illustration piece is showcased on the wonderful map website They Draw and Travel! It’s called “Curiosities of Toronto,” and showcases some unusual and lesser known places to visit around the city which I think would be fabulous for both locals and visitors to Toronto to check out! I hand-lettered the entire thing which was fun but challenging – I think I may need to look into font creating software because lining every single letter up and spacing them is a huge amount of work! But still so very fun 🙂 I am really digging illustrating maps right now, so let me know if you have any suggestions for future locations or collaborations.

The image below is just a small preview, but you can see the full-size version on the website here!