During working on the board I use:
- Uni Pin drawing pens in line widths from 0,1 to 0,8 mm
- pencil H
- acrylic paint (white and yellow)
- two brushes: flat and pointed brush with extra stiff synthetic bristles
- sandpaper and eraser (for bigger mistakes or changes)
Map is made in simple, cartoonish style to distract receiver from serious subject it touches. En idyll. It is also intended to be used later in work with children. Storytelling, storyline, as a source of inspiration… I haven’t decided yet. It has no name. It exist at the beginning since i simply called it Exodus. Given name may affect the interpretation of the map. We all have a place that island might represent (physical or mental) so the name is for you to give.
I choose to present some animals but there are no people visible. Cows or sheep are homestead animals that need humans care. We can assume that people are there. I decide not to show them since associating with people and it consequences are impossible to predict. Map includes both wild outdoors and areas of urban development. Wild areas symbolise healthy environment but even danger of unknown places. Mill and houses shows that island can provide you with everything necessary for the existence. On the other hand working there might be based on slavery. There are areas filled with houses and a places with only one house. Person that lives there might be a solitary as much as a outcast. Both villages are separate from each other by forest. We don’t know if residents are aware of its existence. Are they in conflict? Are they similar or different in a way that can’t be overcome? Is situation between them based on ”yin yang” or ”good and evil”?
We can see boats which means that there is a way to or from the island. On the other side we can find a shipwreck. Were they trying to run away or was island treating them as unwelcome guests? Then there is a lighthouse type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways (wikipedia). Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors (wikipedia). But if that is it purpose why isn’t it on the other side where the shipwreck lies?
It is my intention to use as few colours as possible. Adding colours adds more life into drawing but it also suggests it character. Green forests, gold fields, colourful flowers all over the island will give good feelings about it. Using darker, grey or brownish colours makes it more mysterious, sad. But why white? First of all it is a natural contrast to black outlines. It has deeper and wider meaning too. White has many meanings. The colour white can represent a successful beginning but in cases of extremely bright light (…) can even be blinding (bourncreative.com). Death and life. Is this multitasking of the colour that makes is perfect. On the map you can find one element that has different colour. It is the light house that illuminates with yellow light. The colour yellow has conflicting associations as well but in this particular situation it is what attracts ”moths” 😉