November 03, 2013
It's always a pleasure to take a small, rural community and thrust it into the cartoon map spotlight. That's what I did with Oakdale, California.
Those who see the final results of a map on my web site would have no way of knowing everything that I went through to get to the final product. This map involved several sets of laborious changes before we finally arrived at the final result. The original request was for an area map that took in four lakes that were quite a distance from Oakdale. The idea was to make Oakdale the center of a regional map, in order to show the recreational potential of the area. But it was finally agreed that trying to cover such a large area and still get the required detail of the town would be an insurmountable task. So I removed all four lakes and recreated the map to focus on the town itself, which included a detailed inset of the downtown core, including all of the buildings. That was made even more difficult in that each building required a number.
What really ran up the time clock on this project was the number of personal additions. The Oakdale map contains almost everything and every person of notable interest in town, from the mayor to the Cowboy Santa. That's the mayor on one of the streets, out walking her five dogs. I was happy to learn that the people of Oakdale were thrilled with their new Oakdale Cartoon Map.
If you would like me to create a unique, one-of-a-kind cartoon map for your small town, or big city, please contact me. I'll be glad to answer all of your questions.