Author Archives: wisdomofwork

About wisdomofwork

I have a passion for publishing: I wear a designer's hat, editor's coat, and publisher's shoes. See more about my work at www.lianesebastianillustration.wordpress.com.

A Chart of Strategic Choices

There are always stories in the numbers. The first way to understand genealogical data is to chart it. Tracing three families from 1700 to 1850 is the foreground of a pivotal point in history. Within their data, a strategy is revealed, reflective of the background history. This interplay also dictates the approach to chart design. Continue reading

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A Boast of Modesty

History can show the extraordinary in the ordinary, and to study reveals what is carried forward and what is lost. A family’s history can be displayed through the places they lived—the architecture and the circumstances surrounding. This illustration, of a modest house in Züsch Germany, expresses this interplay of influences. Continue reading

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Rascal’s Revolt: A Memorial Tribute

The biography of a Civil War sergeant demonstrates a patriot’s price of commitment. There can be no freedom without defense. To protect values demands sacrifice. John Schmitt continually stood up for democracy several times. Though he paid dearly for his convictions and service, his example resonates with generations that have followed. Continue reading

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Magnetic Migration: Ironworkers to Züsch

Confronting the challenge of scale, this illustrative map gives context to convergence. In 1700, industrial pioneers in Europe did not travel as far as their descendants, but did so with as much significance. Not only did they react to historic demands, they were architects of their own, and our, destinies. Continue reading

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Continuity of Construction

The curious mind does not shy from an existential dilemma. I confront a life-long theme of creating the new versus preserving the old. The illustration series for Allendorf/Lahn represents the past, present, and future perspective of domestic evolution. Continue reading

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The Pioneers of the Pioneers: ironwork innovators

Out of disaster, this story of convergence, un-sung heroes, and innovators set the foundation for the industrial revolution. From the personal becomes the universal. Continue reading

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Ancestor Access: Allendorf an der Lahn

Blending past and present is well expressed in Allendorf/Lahn, Germany. I have Illustrated several of their 300 year old buildings that show this integration. Continue reading

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