Huxley Speaker Series 10/26/17: Anton Thomas: Drawing a Continent by Hand

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Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 4:15pm

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: AW-204


Drawing a Continent by Hand

Three years ago, Anton Thomas picked up a set of color pencils and began drawing North America. State by state, city by city, he wished to pay tribute to a spectacular continent by way of pictorial map. Without a sense of how long it would take, he stumbled into a mammoth project: The North American Continent. In this seminar Anton will have a full sized print on display and will provide a tour of the map, unpacking its contents and the interesting dilemmas one comes across in such an undertaking. Selecting content for any expansive map is challenging, but in a pictorial map that challenge enters all kinds of interesting terrain: What best defines somewhere? How do we view the places we live? What is place, and what does a place feel like? Anton will explore drawing methods and techniques, the story behind the map, and connecting viscerally with the region being mapped. How do we find harmony between the creative freedoms of art and the geographic truth of cartography?

 

Anton Thomas is a cartographer and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Using primarily color pencil and fine-liner pen, he specializes in hand-drawn pictorial maps. Along with a range of products, for the past three years he has been drawing an extensive map of North America filled with a diverse range of content. Inspired by several years he spent travelling the US and Canada, this map: The North American Continent, was featured on National Geographic's Best Maps of 2016 and is on the verge of completion.

 

This talk is co-sponsored by the Wilson Map Collection.

 

The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment, at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:00 in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.

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