COMMITMENT TO ACCURACY:
To portray the past means there is little to see at first. Yet to embellish is not correct. An illustration becomes a record and gets treated like fact. To make any distortion is wrong. Being authoritative is a responsibility. So my illustrations are factual. Historically correct, they can be used in articles, research, and archival portraits.
MAPS: A growing library of original maps can be affordably customized. Pick among map styles, email me your information, and I can create for your application. From neighborhoods to cities to immigration to global migrations, so far I have illustrated Chicago, Milwaukee, states, the U.S., and Europe. I am working on a map for South America. Please enjoy this example:
LOCATIONS: Requiring timeline research, each depiction is different. Drawing backwards incorporates progress and customs. Before and After illustrations make some of the best subjects. With luck, there are photographic resources, but when lacking those, the illustration then fills that gap. My favorite to create are histories that depict the same place at various point in time, showing evolution. Please enjoy this example:
CHARTS: Illustrating genealogy makes the numbers come alive. When evaluating dates and places with the backdrop of a region’s history, and especially comparing dates within extended families, doorways open to understanding change, composition, values, decisions, and even the future, within its momentum. The concept of ancestor loss, or when cousins marry cousins, or siblings from one family marry siblings from another, all make charting more challenging, and more important. Please enjoy this example:
Closer than Close: Charting Sibling Pairs
For blogs, portraits, articles, and research, making facts visual conveys more information than just words. Yet to offer affordably is a challenge because these works take many hours to create. But with my growing library of original maps and graphics, I can adapt them quickly to your specifications. They then can give life to your documents.
Liane Sebastian wears an editor’s hat, designer’s coat, and artist’s shoes.