This map is the frontispiece for the first book, The Relic of Perilous Falls, in the Will Wilder series of YA adventure books published by Random House.
The world map is the frontispiece for Geoffrey Kent's memoir Safari, published by HarperCollins. The globe was made for an exhibit in the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
Time For Kids asked me to make an illustrated map including many of Australia's diverse native animals. This same map was later reworked and used on a jigsaw puzzle produced by Geotoys.
Scholastic used this somewhere in a movie and as an interactive whiteboard illustration.
The town of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts contacted me directly to make a tour map for the local merchants. I know what you're thinking, but it's the neighboring town of Stockbridge with Alice's Restaurant.
Dr. Dale Bredesen wanted to illustrate the two conflicting states of Alzheimer's immune responses and suggested an analogy with the two states of Korea. This appears as one of a dozen illustrations I made for best seller The End of Alzheimer's published by Crown.
Perri deFino needed a map with a look and feel of the 18th century to illustrate a book for the Da Capo Press.
Time For Kids allowed me free rein to explain how the Panama Canal works. I posted it on YouTube and so far it has almost 7 million views!
Souvenir shops all over New Mexico sell these jigsaw puzzles made by Geotoys. They are also sold somewhere,
I'm told, on the National Mall. We've done a few dozen other cities, states, and countries together.
The Butler Conservation Fund is spending massive amounts of Gilbert Butler's and others' wealth to develop accessible wilderness parks all over the world. This map
shows one of the closer-to-home projects, Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New York.
Knopf commissioned this as the frontispiece for their best seller Sea Wife by Amity Gaige.
MSP Communications commissioned this map for Northwest Airlines. They've used it a few times in their in-flight magazines.
The stellar and inspirational Claudia Alexander asked me to draw maps and diagrams
for her unique children's science series, Windows to Adventure. We made over a hundred maps and illustrations together. In her book, the mountains themselves talk and argue amongst themselves!
Dunn Books rejected this for the novel, Fractus Europa. Instead, I drew small maps for the 13 chapter openers, each set in a dystopian very near future. No zombies or nuclear war here; that would be too easy.
Every year The Northern Virginia Technology Council commissions a different map maker
to create a poster for their annual convention. 2014 was my year.
This map was printed directly on a wall in the Newark Museum of Art to introduce an exhibit of 19th century mountain paintings.
They wanted something simple to orient the show. I wanted to keep it light and low-key for the soft museum lighting.
I also produce science illustrations. Though mostly for textbooks, this one was for National Geographic Kids magazine.
Highlights for Children wanted a fun locator map for a feature on West African music. Fun fact: The son of the original owners now runs the show and claims to be the inspiration for the memorable Highlights character Goofus.
Ross Island in Antarctica contains 4 volcanoes, one of which, Mount Erebus, is active. McMurdo station is there with a staff of over 1200 people. Time for Kids published a feature about living there.
Time for Kids commissioned a full suite of 50 maps for a children's atlas. The project took 6 months with many discussions on style and content before we arrived at the finished maps. I've made several revisions over the years as the world itself changes.
Time for Kids hired me once a year to make a series of maps for their "Around the World" feature. The Ecuador map displayed the unique native animals while maps of other nations showed landforms, industry, national parks, history, and landmarks. The animals were always everyone's favorite.
Scholastic commissioned this one. Borrowing heavily from National Geographic's style, I simplified it down while emphasizing the icy remoteness of the terrain.
Pearson wanted a cutaway of the elevator used in the Woolworth Building, The Cathedral of Commerce. In 1913 it was the tallest building in the world. I made two versions.
I've done maps for cookbooks before. The clever editors at Workman Publishing wanted something that didn't look like the obvious "hand-drawn crude map with pictures of food scattered on it." I gave them this.
Planetary scientist and author Claudia Alexander gave me wide latitude to render Olympus Mons for her children's book on mountains. This mountain is on Mars and is formed the same way as mountains are on Earth. Bigger and taller than any earthbound mount, it won't shut up about it.
The Newark Museum of Art was opening a show of Japanese ceramics and for the catalog commissioned a map. Simple and elegant, this is what we came up with together.
The Wall Street Journal asked for a very simple locator.
One of a few chapter openers in a travel memoir, On the Ganges, published by Knopf. George Black roamed, rode, and wrote all 1500 miles of the mythic river.
Red Chair Press did a book about zoos and animal parks. Did you know that Wen Wang collected a private zoo he called The Garden of Intelligence over 3000 years ago?
The frontispiece of a spy-thriller that posits a near future where all nuclear weapons have been decommissioned. But with threats of nuclear warfare gone, the where and how of their disposal creates economic and cultural warfare. See Desert Burial by Dunn Books.
As exotic as Timbuktu, more real than Xanadu. Drawn for a travel magazine to show Zanzibar lies somewhere between the two realms.
I think I've reused this a few times. This particular map was reformated for Red Chair Press.
One of several maps done with the wonderful Claudia Alexander for her Windows to Adventure series.
A simple map for The Wall Street Journal.
Penguin needed a map for a book on Malcolm X. I tried to reflect the feel of the time using the colors of old subway maps.
Catholic publishers (use both capital and lowercase C here) Sadlier used this map for a children's book about the Exodus.
Christian publisher Tyndale Press commissioned a suite of 6 maps for a series of YA fantasy novels. I read the books and made the geography conform to the stories.
An autumn issue of Time for Kids contained this map. I animated it for use on classroom interactive whiteboards, which were just then coming into use. Fun fact: The Indians present at that first Thanksgiving spoke fluent English.
Grolier, before they were acquired by Scholastic, asked for an illustrated map with a bit of a period feel. It looked so nice they forgot what period they were aiming for.
I've made quite a few maps of Ukraine. This one was for the Winter Olympic games held in Sochi. It appeared in a winter issue of Time for Kids.
The solar wind is here visualized as a wind with a hot slipstream. We easily imagine motion but it's difficult to grasp a wind at the speed of light. Claudia Alexander commissioned this and she approved it, so it must be right.
Of food the French are the first to tout
And there seems to be but little doubt
By example this shows
samples of what everyone knows
Just what all the damn fuss is about
Sagitarius, the archer, was one of a few familiar constellations accompanying Claudia Alexander's Windows to Adventure. You gotta see these books, there's a talking window that flies!
Muted tones were requested by the editors of The Weekly Reader for this map.
A recent novel of historical fiction by Maggie Shipstead has a woman piloting a DC-3 in a great circle around the world. The title is, of course, Great Circle and is published by Knopf.
Forbes Magazine had a feature on adventure travel. Quite a lot of info needed to be displayed in as "fun" a way as possible. I figured Forbes' readers would relate to a Monoply board.
If you went to school in the USA, you've seen a map like this. I've made quite a few, so perhaps you've seen this one or one of its cousins.
Wally Broecker proposed The Great Ocean Conveyor in the late 70s as a primary engine of climate change. He coined and popularized the term "global warming". Natural History Magazine published the first major article about it using my map. All subsequent depictions of the phenomenon use the same ribbon depiction.
I've produced a long streak of maps of US public lands to illustrate Bob Mohlenbrock's This Land articles in Natural History Magazine. He once described these areas as "Earth's Erogenous Zones".
Two approaches illustrating the size of the largest Sauropods. Red Chair Books used both.
This is one of the maps for Anubis, a spy-thriller set in a modern, morally ambiguous, but familiar world. It's published by Dunn Books.
The Wall Street Journal used this as a spot in their color weekend section.
This appeared atop an article on China in The Weekly Reader.
Random House used this for Like Water on Stone, a YA book with a definitely adult subject: The Armenian Genocide.
Sadlier handed me a simple diagram of a small chapel and I modeled and rendered it.
A simple map of some sights in Washington, DC to orient and familiarize tourists flying Northwest and Delta Airlines.
A private client asked me to make a map for his father. It's their personal fishing cabin and you'll notice there's no indication of where it is.
Though this came through an art studio, I worked directly with the client, a wellness center.
One of several illustrations for Black Gold published by Knopf.
This was made for Pearson to demonstrate how maps distort scale.
Grolier had a series of elementary school geography books called "True Books" covering continents and countries. I used this style for many maps. I owe them one for PixieFont font.
The American Museum of Natural History went all-out for this one. They lent me a photographer and closed off a small exhibit to photograph a large modern globe. I then used the current conjectures to fashion where the ice age glaciers advanced and painted this with airbrushes.
Scholastic commissioned a "simple" map to illustrate the "not-so-simple" Korean War.
Here's an animated version of the Bering Land Bridge done for The Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott AZ. The curator, Sandy Lynch, is a delight.
This was made using materials relayed from a 1927 expedition to find the site of the mysterious Tunguska Event. Their sketchy, conflicting descriptions made it difficult for me to reconcile with current maps. It was printed by Cambridge University Press.
The South Carolina edition of a Pearson textbook had a few features focusing on Black history. This illustrated the section on The Great Migration.
Every month for over 30 years, Bob Mohlenbrock has written an article about an interesting park or protected area. He focuses mainly on the flora, while I make a simple map. 350 of them have appeared in Natural History magazine.
This map appeared in a Forbes travel feature. It's business travel, not vacation, hence the fishing and golf. I have no idea why the shipwreck, but I can personally attest to the Walleye fishing.
Forbes needed a very small locator map for a very short article.
I drew this map for Jamar J. Perry's YA novel, using his manuscript to puzzle out the spatial arrangement of the named places. In that sense it's similar to the early maps of discovery, drawn only from second-hand observations of the explorers.
After failing to film an actual burning map, I was surprised that I couldn't find a ready-made plugin for the classic Bonanza burning map title sequence. So, I made one myself.
Fredrik Miggins of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) commissioned this animation to illustrate their 600-plus affiliates.
This diagram was never used, but was intended to go with the Panama Canal article for Time For Kids.
Bob Clem is making a Civil War film Sink the Alabama. I'm making a few maps for it.
The Newark Museum of Art printed this one 15 feet wide on the wall as the centerpiece of an exhibition of photographs.
The author, Pamela Kenney Bassey asked me to make a map that expressed the tone of her novel, Mud Fever. It all takes place in the territory of Colorado in 1863. The Pike's Peak Gold Rush had just peaked. The Civil War was raging. Then there was a smallpox epidemic.
As you might guess from first glance, this was made to be a jigsaw puzzle. A closer look reveals the labels are all in Romanian. Bonus points if you knew that "Lunar" means "Monthly" in Romanian.
This was an illustration for the long-running series This Land in the November 2022 issue of Natural History Magazine. Bob Mohlenbrock writes the article and I make the map, once a month for over forty years and counting.
Military History Quarterly asked me to illustrate an article on Balkan history, focusing on the breakup of Yugoslavia. Seeing the underlying ethnicities beneath the political boundaries gives a good view of the actual divisions. The article explains how they got there in the first place.
There were thousands of enslaved persons in New Jersey as late as 1830. This map illustrates the U.S. Census data for that year and is a part of the Seeing America exhibit now on the walls of The Newark Museum of Art. It's a major effort of 16 museums to revise their collections of 18th and 19th century American art.
Red Chair Press wanted a "period" map to illustrate a YA novel set in 1940s London. 1940 is ancient history for middle school readers, but they might imagine their grandparents or great grandparents in the tale.
Knopf asked me to make a map for an historical novel set in the times before the Crusades. I imagined the style but used accurate modern geography to make a map that I thought could live in the book.
I made this map for Geotoys who made a jigsaw puzzle out of it. If you want to see the map you might have to spent some time putting the 500 pieces together.
Scholastic printed this map of Robert Peary's 1909 expedition to the North Pole in a magazine and used it later in a poster. History has not been kind to Peary, accusing him of kidnapping, grave robbing and theft as well as removing his claim to have actually reached the pole. He was 60 miles short.