Say hello again to Carly Larsson, Brooklyn based artist who recently illustrated recipes of signature dishes and cocktails from our hotels. We were lucky enough to commission her again to create illustrated maps of our of cities. Take a look at her whimsical, beautiful versions of Playa del Carmen, Toronto, London, Cabo San Lucas, Miami Beach, Chicago, and Tribeca/FiDi in NYC.
We caught up with Carly to learn more about the creative process for this project, her personal favorite map, where she gets inspired, and her dream location for the next Thompson Hotel.
What was the process like in creating these maps?
First, I did research to see how to represent each city (the major shape of the outline, streets, and major points of interest in relation to one another). I did a lot of rough thumbnail sketches to figure out the overall design of each map. Then, I sketched out how I would symbolize each point of interest, and made mood boards with iconic colors of each city to determine the color palettes. I painted the maps in watercolor, drew each point of interest as a separate spot illustration, and put it all together in Photoshop.
Do you have a favorite?
I’d have to say The Cape. The colors are so fun, and I love the whale tail – I just wrapped up a 3 year project with Dalvero Academy on the history of whaling & whale conservation (currently on view at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut!), so that one’s pretty close to my heart. Whales use the shallow, warm waters off the Baja peninsula as nurseries, which makes The Cape a great spot for whale watching.
If you could travel to any one of these places, which would you choose?
Tough one! Right now I’d have to choose The Cape. Winter temperatures are finally descending upon New York, and there’s nothing I’d love more than a tropical getaway – and to do some drawing on a whale watch.
How did you choose the locations to include?
I chose locations based on what I’d like to see as a visitor to each city – major iconic buildings and museums, plus a few restaurants or shops that are off the beaten path.
If you were to predict the next Thompson city, what would it be?
2. Saatchi Gallery
3. Big Ben
5. Kesington Palace
6. Hyde Park
7. Buckingham Palace
8. River Thames