This week I finished the second in my layered watercolor map series. The map in question is of my hometown, Portland Oregon! The idea for this map was born out of my Dutch Landscape paintings. Once they were painted and scanned in, I layered them on top of one another digitally just for fun – and loved the result. I decided to start a series of city maps using a similar process.
I draw and paint three separate layers highlighting elements of the city. When each layer is complete, they are combined digitally. I really enjoy both the digital and the analog parts of the process. I know there are a lot of city map prints out there. However, I think mine offer something a bit more unique than the rest as they are hand painted before they become digital.
Like all of my paintings, I have no idea what they are going to look like once they’re complete. I plan on painting a few of the major cities here in the Netherlands, and then perhaps some of my favorites we have visited in Europe. But I have about ten other ideas floating around in my head – so I better get painting! The nice guys at the print shop probably think I am crazy as I keep bringing in seemingly random things to scan. I hope they get to see more of the finished product soon. 🙂