Make Art That Sells, Part 3. Editorial. I was kind of scared of this one!

We had to create maps of either where we live, or have lived or visited. They could be done in any way. Some of my friends designed maps of the fabulous restaurants they’ve visited in a particular city. Some were simple, some were intricate, but I thought they were all beautiful. It was fun to see how everyone approached the project.

Providence, Rhode Island, USA. That’s where I live. And that’s what I chose for my subject.

First I played around with the city name. I love drawing fonts and words!

© Mary Tanana 2014 © Mary Tanana 2014Providence is also called “The Creative Capital”. Lots of artists live here! And also The Rhode Island School of Design (also known as RISD) is in the center of the city.

Next, I took a screen shot from Google maps of the area that I wanted to focus on.

providence mapI decided to include:

Brown University

Rhode Island School of Design


The Rhode Island State Capitol building

The Foundry (that’s where I live!)

Federal Hill (Italian section)

The Jewelry District (had to honor that!)

The Roger William’s Zoo

The Arcade

Providence Flea

India Point Park

Here are the icons that I drew…

© Mary Tanana 2014 © Mary Tanana 2014

I sketched these out first, then scanned them into my computer and rendered them digitally in Corel Painter using gouache brushes. I’ve never worked this way before. It was so much fun to try something new.

© Mary Tanana 2014

© Mary Tanana 2014

© Mary Tanana 2014

Can I tell you how much I love this little lion? I’ll be doing more in this direction I think. He was a huge hit with my friends.

© Mary Tanana 2014Here is the whole map. It was really, really fun to create!

This week I’m working on paper products, plates, napkins cups. With flowers. YAY! Folky style, of course 😉

thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

If you would like to look at Part 1 or Part 2 of this series, click on each to view.






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