Thursday, 30 September 2010

what's on the drawing board today

Just for a change... this is what I'm worrying away at, just now. Doing a pictorial map is a major exercise in deciding what to emphasise and what to leave out or simplify, so that the finished job is clear, usable and good-looking.

I'm on Version Three at the moment....

Version Two had a bunch of goofs on it and was too small. Here's a close-up of one way of correcting a mistake.

  • Place a piece of paper of the same sort as you used for the drawing, underneath the drawing.
  • Cut around the botched area with a scalpel.
  • Glue the new paper, which will now be a perfect fit, into place with some backing paper, and start again. Not quite invisible mending, but hey.

(here is the finished project) (and here is the map....)


  1. Easy when you know how. Where is it?

  2. I learned a variant of that technique almost forty years ago. Can't tell you how many times it has come in handy(a bit number), and I'm not an artist.

  3. I knew it was around the church, - but where is it a map of?

  4. I love your pictures, Dru! It's so nice to see one of your works in progress.

    Melissa XX

  5. It's like a lot of useful techniques that I've learned, Halle- obvious when you think about it, but (in my case at least) not blindingly obvious until someone showed me how to do it...

    sorry, Anji- I wondered how you could have failed to spot the join... duh... it's Dundry Hill, just to the south of Bristol. The church was built by the Society of Merchant Venturers, so that it could be seen on the skyline by ships returning to the city harbour.

    Thank you, Melissa!