When I decided to create a few illustrations primarily to get prints made, I decided to hold back on posting them until the prints were ready. In case my work ever came up in a potential buyers search, I wanted to have product waiting there to be purchased. In one case, it has already paid off.
My second Chicago neighborhood map was for Bucktown and Wicker Park.
I decided on Bucktown and Wicker Park because I am working the Bucktown Holiday Art Show in December. After posting this on my online store, I got an email from the Wicker Park Bucktown Insider’s Guide. They wanted to feature my work on their site. Little did I know that they have over 15,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook. After this was posted last week, I sold out of all 100 prints in 4 hours. Ironically, I will have no maps to sell at the holiday show. However, I’ve had enough requests after selling out that I am rather positive I will be doing another Bucktown Wicker Park in the near future. It looks like I have found a good niche with these neighborhood maps.
Speaking of neighborhoods, I also produced a Chicago Typography Neighborhood Map.
While the neighborhood map tends to be done by artists and illustrators the most, I thought I could give a different enough spin on it to make it feel fresh. Plus, I tried to include as many neighborhoods as possible without making the work look too crammed. Of the over 200 recognized neighborhoods, this map includes 158 of them. The Chicago Typography Neighborhood Map is available here.
Finally, I produced a Chicago Movie Map.
I’m taking a bit of a risk on this one. Since it is a subject matter that does not often get mapped, I’m not sure exactly how it will be perceived. My hope is that the combination of pop culture along with the connection to Chicago will make it a success. I would think the inclusion of The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and many other John Hughes films would be enough of a draw for most people. I’ll just have to wait and see. The Chicago Movie Map is available here.