...being in San Francisco on a blue crisp Winter day. Yep this was about 6 years ago when Ophelia was 2 years old. San Francisco was our last stop on our World tour. We loved it and I really wish we can go back soon.
I wanted to show you some images of my creative process for designing the paper cut map of Amsterdam, our current home town - we moved to this beautiful city more than a year ago!
I am very excited to design this map of Amsterdam. This City has so much character. The architecture is stunning, the canals, the boats, the variety of bikes are so much fun to draw and to cut!
I usually start a map by doing a lot of visual research of the different part of the City: listing and sketching the tourist attractions, museums, parcs, streets, canals, and all the important landmarks.
I usually go out and takes photographs or take my notebook with me and do some sketches outside. I also use Google map and gather images online.
Then what I love most is drawing the inhabitants: sketching a man walking down the street holding a coffee cup while talking on the phone, a mother cycling with her 3 kids on her bike on the way to school, a woman walking her dog, locals eating herring at the Albert Cuyp market...
I usually fill in a large notebook with random sketches.
Only when I have gathered enough information and filled in a full sketchbook, I can start to draw the map on a large sheet of thin paper.
When drawing the map I have to make sure that all the lines interact with each other as the map will be cut out of a single sheet of paper.
I will later show you images of the cutting process as I haven't started yet :-)
We had this very weird weather this morning in Amsterdam. The day started beautifully with a blue sky. As I was leaving the kids trade show Kleine Fabriek mid morning this very thick white fog appeared all of a sudden. It was eery and magical seeing black silhouettes of cyclists and building as I was walking back home.
This inspired me to show you some beautiful images of white interiors seen on This is Paper.