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Carmit, Negev Desert,  Israel

December 01, 2010

The Carmit map project presented a unique challenge: Create a cartoon map of a new community that has yet to be built, in Israel's Negev Desert. The new desert community is called Carmit. I was even invited to name the streets...biblical names, of course. I created the map in an 11" x 17" format, but it was printed as a large 24" x 36" poster. The map debuted at a gala fundraising event in New York City in December of 2010. All the guests received a Carmit cartoon map poster to give them a vision of the new community.

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Fullerton, California

October 20, 2010

About a year after the first edition of the Fullerton, California cartoon map, we produced this second edition of the map with fresh new artwork and new ads. In my younger days I attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, then I spent the first ten years of my career in LA  doing freelance illustration. Little did I know that years later I would be creating cartoon maps of communities throughout Los Angeles, Southern California, and around the world. Fullerton was the first Los Angeles community map that we produced.

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Veolia Energy Systems

September 27, 2010

If you look around my web site, you'll find some non-illustrated maps hidden away between the cartoon maps. Some people just want a map with no added artwork. That was the case with Veolia Energy of Boston. They asked me to create a map for them that would denote the medical facilities in Boston and Cambridge that receive their steam energy from Veolia. Some world renowned hospitals, like Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, and Boston Medical Center are clients of Veolia.

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Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma Washington

August 30, 2010

Charles Wright Academy is an exclusive private school in our area. They asked me to create a cartoon map of their campus to be used as a fund raiser. It's a treat to work with a local organization since most of my work comes from outside of the Pacific Northwest region where I'm based. This is one of those maps where you wonder if you'll ever finish drawing trees.

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Coburg,Oregon

July 27, 2010

I worked with my good friend, Pastor Terry Dawson on this cartoon map of the  community of Coburg, Oregon. It's a small town just north of Eugene.  Coburg is known for its antique shops, so the merchants wanted a weathered antique look to the map. That's why I muted the colors on the map to give it an antique look. Occasionally I will actually travel to a map area to do my research. I chose to drive down to Coburg, to mix business with a little pleasure. I was able to spend time with Terry and other old friends in the Eugene area. 

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Whittier, California

June 22, 2010

This is the second map sold by our crack sales team at Etchison Publishing in Los Angeles. One of the things that I enjoy about producing cartoon maps is that I have the opportunity to learn about the history of the area that I'm mapping. I'm learning a lot about the early days of Los Angeles from working with our guys in LA. Sometimes I call these maps "grid maps" because they're simply a section of a city, an illustrated map of a small section of a massive city street grid. 

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PUT YOUR TV SHOW ON THE MAP!

April 15, 2010

We get a wide variety of assignments at Fun Maps USA, including cartoon maps for television programs. The above map will be featured this summer on HGTV. It's the Home and Garden Network's first foray into reality TV. The upcoming eight-episode series is called HGTV Design Star. The episode that I participated in involves a journey from FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, to Palm Springs where the show's ten contestants will be introduced to "Palm Springs Modern" home designs.

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PUT YOUR COMPANY ON THE MAP!

March 10, 2010

We get a soup to nuts variety of inquiries for my cartoon maps from all over the Western Hemisphere. This one came from a prominent relocation company based in Los Angeles, with offices around the country. They wanted a quick turnaround map. It had to be finished in time for their big convention at the end of the month. After burning some midnight oil, I brought the job in under the wire.

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PUT YOUR RETIREMENT COMMUNITY ON THE MAP!

February 06, 2010

Landmark on the Sound is one of the Pacific Northwest's most notable retirement communities. I was honored to be chosen to create a cartoon map that would feature the area attractions for those considering moving into Landmark on the Sound. If you're looking for a unique way to promote your retirement haven, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer your questions.

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CARIBBEAN PARADISE ISLAND

December 11, 2009

Exotic island maps are among my favorite maps to draw. If you enlarge the image of the Barbados map you will see how much effort was required to accurately depict the web of roads that cover the island. I have yet to encounter a map that is easy to draw. They all present their own unique challenges. Many people don't realize that my maps are also hand lettered. There is no typesetting on the Barbados map.

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Macon County, Alabama

November 25, 2009

The client offered to fly me down to Tuskegee, Alabama, to attend their big annual barbecue in Tuskegee, meet the people and research this map, but I didn't feel that I had the time in my busy schedule for the trip to Alabama, so reluctantly I turned down the offer. I'm sure it would have been a great experience. I really wanted to visit Tuskegee. I enjoyed working with the client, Noah, on this project. He lives in a plantation house, complete with carriage house, near downtown Tuskegee. Tuskegee is home to the Tuskegee Airmen, heroes of World War II.

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PUT YOUR MEXICAN VILLAGE ON THE MAP!

October 23, 2009

This is my first cartoon map of a locale in Mexico. I've had numerous inquiries from Mexico, but none of them panned out until El Anclote came along. This one was a lot of work...many hours spent getting the details correct and authentic.

El Anclote is a small resort community located 28 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta, on the Punta Mita Peninsula. It's a 45-minute drive from the airport in Puerto Vallarta. Popular with Americans and tourists in general, it boasts luxury real estate and resort accomodations. As you can see on the map, there's a row of great restaurants along the beach.

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LIFELINE MAP

September 30, 2009

This unique project is part caricature illustration and part cartoon map. Today Ed McGuire will be presented with this map illustration that highlights the major events of his career. This was a real quick turnaround project. I got the call about a week ago. If your boss is retiring and you want to do something really unique for him/her, a lifeline map is something they will always treasure. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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PUT YOUR TOWN ON THE MAP!

September 11, 2009

Ventura and Oxnard are neighboring cities on the California Gold Coast, just north of Los Angeles. This is the second map that I've drawn of this area. I created a large format map of Ventura, Oxnard and Ojai a couple of years ago. This is an advertising cartoon map, though I'm presenting the map here without the ads around the sides. Look for a couple more maps of the Ventura/Oxnard area in the months ahead.

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Stanwood, Washington - Second Edition

August 27, 2009

Preview Properties Northwest asked us to create a new updated version of our 1998 Stanwood Cartoon Map. So we put a fresh coat of paint on the new 2009 version of the map, plus new ads. The new version "outshines" the original because it's colored in Photoshop instead of with watercolor. Traditional watercolor looks faded when compared to Photoshop. We produced our first Photoshop map of Yamhill County, Oregon in 2002. 

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