It’s A Map!

This is a quick example of a treasure map I created for a project I’m working on with second graders.  It is a rough drawing; I would like to make a more complex and complete drawing at some point.  The mysterious island genre has always captured my imagination.  Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island launched an entire genre centered around people finding themselves marooned on dangerous islands.  In those stories the characters ultimately make the best of their situation and eventually escape. Having a map would have made an extended stay on those dangerous islands much more pleasant.Islandtreasuremap

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3 thoughts on “It’s A Map!

  1. Cindy Dauer says:

    Very cute map! Much different than your other illustrations.

  2. Nathan says:

    Great map and names! The kids should enjoy it. I remember making treasure maps on brown packing paper with burnt edges. The trick was providing enough fire to singe the edges while not burning down the house. That would be a fun project for second graders. Take some acetylene torches, a classroom full of eager learners . . . . And I have to well actually you, having this map (i.e. “Snake Pit” & “Desert of Doom”) for an extended Island stay would be, psychologically, less than helpful. Love the different style, a minimalist kind you would find on that rediscovered attic map from a seafaring Great Grandpa.

  3. Nate, the minimalist style came from finish this drawing in something like twenty minutes. It would still help to know the location of the snake pit, that way you don’t fall into it. You are right, brown packing paper would work great. I just have to find a hundred sheets of brown packing paper. We did a project like this with the art teacher at King, that is where the idea came from.

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