Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:29 PM
The Mausoleum on the left was mentioned in a recent post about sketch up (though it was not done with sketch-up)
The map part was prepared by our Cartotalk comarade François Goulet whom I met through this site. He did a fine job preparing all the cartographic data that I then adapted to the rest of the presentation.
This was yet another example of how Cartotalk provides great opportunities for people with different specialties to collaborate and exchange.
Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:18 AM
and the drop shadows on your points accentuate the perspective perfectly.
Great Job! I love it.
g r e g @ c a r t o g r a p h i c d e s i g n . c o m
Posted 25 February 2009 - 10:36 AM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:03 PM
Yes, any notes on your workflow would be interesting!
Glad this was a Cartotalk accomplished project!
Posted 25 February 2009 - 08:52 PM
The client wanted something similar to a project I did for their sister company in Montreal. However since I did not have a 3-D pictorial map of Quebec City, I proposed the idea to layover my usual illustration work on top of a ‘regular’ but specially prepared ‘street’ map.
I had never done a street map before, so I contacted François Goulet off this site to prepare a customized map of the area.
As he worked on that, I went to Quebec City and took pictures of all the various locations and roughly sketched out how it all laid out in pencil.
The funny thing here is that when I got there, the city was literally being buried alive under a major snowstorm. All my pictures, including the cemetery, were landscapes of white dunes with tiny little corners of buildings sticking out! T’was Katrina in snow.
Fortunately, thanks to a great feedback dynamic with the client and a lot of emailed jpgs, I was eventually able to piece it all together and build up all my illustrations in Photoshop.
The 3-D Mausoleum was also a first. I flirted with sketch-up but was not familiar enough with the program. I ended up doing it the old-fashioned way: Choosing an imaginary overhead view and visualizing it without a roof. It was rather difficult to squeeze in the accuracy for hundreds of numbered ‘plots’. This was done with a plain vector skeleton (no pun intended) in Illustrator, a lot of guidance from the client and a lot of tweaking. Once we were sure that anybody could accurately find their uncle Antoine’s final resting place (or that of his ashes!) I then ‘dressed it up’ and made it pretty with Photoshop. (Here, thankfully, my indoor reference pictures were not 90% snow)
Francois then gave me the city map that had been carefully delineated to cover and focus the critical area of the client’s locations. With his GIS wizardry, he was able to give me the map in Illustrator with all the different and specific layers I requested.
I then edited and deleted a lot of data clutter, transferred the layers in Photoshop and recoloured them to harmonize with the illustrations. Finally, I gave the whole map an oblique distortion and included a slight inner shadow on the ‘St-Lawrence river’ layer and a drop shadow on the position numbers to complete the effect that Greg mentioned.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:43 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:53 PM
So the illustrations of the other funeral homes and La Souvenance were created in Photoshop?
It all looks hand drawn. Great job
Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:17 PM
Personally I am no longer able to distinguish between hand-drawn and Photoshop. It,s not like Photoshop actually draws. There is no automated process by which one can draw a building or a tree unless you just paste clip art.
So the illustrations of the other funeral homes and La Souvenance were created in Photoshop?...
It all looks hand drawn.
Whether I draw a line of ink on a piece of paper or with my graphic pen, draw a line of pixels directly on a screen, I am doing the exact same thing- getting my hand to replicate what my eye sees. I now tell people yes it's hand-drawn... hand-drawn directly on a computer screen
Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:30 PM
Yes, I agree, in these times, the digital tablet is much akin to pen/ink. Certainly I could not tell the difference on your piece.
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