This week’s illustration is a BOGOF – two for the price of one!
When my daughter, Rachael, gave birth to twin boys and decided on a pirate themed nursery, she asked The Artist (aka Grandad) to design a treasure map to hang on the wall above their cots.
Compared to the level of accurate detail he normally produces, he found it difficult to grasp that this was for babies. His first attempt was authentic – brilliant but way too sophisticated for infants that hadn’t yet learned to talk. It was so realistic that the skull and crossbones were more likely to give the boys nightmares than lull them to sleep.
He found this a different sort of challenge – to come up with something in such naive style, that would stimulate developing minds. After a great deal of thought and consultation, this is the finished piece:
VOS #6 NOSUCH ISLAND
To personalise the map, Grandad gave all the locations family names – taking care to ensure that each twin had equally sized, but different features: River Ruan and Mount Mylo. The boys had their own comforters – Frog and Rabbit. Dressing them as pirates, he placed them in toy boats, with their owner’s initials on the sails.
The island on the top, left hand corner is called after my daughter’s dog and is in the shape of Indie’s profile. And the one bottom left is The Isle of Wight, rebranded – Hollywood style – by combining both our names.
There are some touches of adult humour – the title, Nosuch Island; Twin Peaks, (after the David Lynch television series) and word-play on the Isles of Scilly, (which look silly.)
When our friend, Bianca, saw the finished design she commissioned a map for her daughter:
Bonnie is a little bit older than the twins and loves everything pink. So it was back to the digital drawing board, thinking caps on to rename locations and add in her favourite things: dinosaurs, giraffes and a Southern Vectis bus, en route to the town where she lives.
Spot the Logo
Both treasure maps are signed with The Artist’s logo – which should be easy to find this time!
In VOS #5 I uploaded the image at a smaller size, making the logo harder to see. Apologies – I’ve enlarged it to make it more visible. Can you spot it now?
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