Aztec, New Mexico

December 20, 2012

Aztec, New Mexico is a desert town in the Southwest, renowned for it's Aztec ruins, which are located on the north edge of town. It's also famous as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1948. I enjoy drawing Southwest desert towns. They add a flavorful mix to my cartoon map catalog. 

A few words about drawing caricature buildings as part of a cartoon map: experience has taught me that including buildings on a map often creates space problems. Because buildings occupy so much space on a map, they can cause a map to become distorted. Such was the case with the Aztec map. I agreed to draw all of the restaurants in Aztec and include them on the map. After drawing them all, I attempted to place them on the map. But I found that there were too many buildings to fit into the alloted space. So we had to scrap the buildings and substitute them with circled numbers. Using numbers connected to a directory always solves the space problem on my cartoon maps. A good example of how it works is the above map. Yet I understand why clients request that I draw the caricatured buildings. We all agree that they add much to the perspective aspect of the map. 

If you would like me to draw a map of your desert town, I would be happy to discuss the project with you, and answer your questions. Contact me and we'll talk about it.