Rule of Three

So the saying goes: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”

Or another version: Once is a fluke. Twice is a coincidence...

Three times is a pattern or habit.

Since drawing my family's crazy Joffre Lakes winter camping experience as a map, I intended to follow up with at least one (preferably two) illustrations in a similar style.

A bit of background which may or may not interest you:

1. We have attended an annual summer camping trip (four days and three nights) with a group of 8-10 families for the past several years.

2. It is difficult to book a campsite at popular British Columbia provincial parks during the summer season. Since coordinating ten families to book individual sites via online booking is nearly impossible, our fearless organizer began booking a group campsite for everyone (a year in advance). This last summer was the fourth (?) group site booking and our first at Rathtrevor Beach on Vancouver Island. It is crazy to look back on photos of toddlers who are now medium-sized children, and fun to see the kids' growth from year to year. Adults are outnumbered by the kids, and 3/4 of the crew are boys.

3. Since Rathtrevor was so beautiful and conveniently located (near Parksville, a five minute drive from the campsite for extra groceries and ice), and the camping experience was freshest in my mind, it was a no-brainer choice for a summer camping map illustration. In addition, we spent a few extra days this year with my extended family due to a coincidental booking at the same spot, and managed some extra local daytrips (e.g. to nearby Horne Lake Caves).

It's definitely easier to bring a story (with authentic details) to an illustration if it's based on firsthand experience. (Another reason to draw what you know.)

Here's the result:

The kids spent hours and hours building Crab-lantis with multiple layers of moats in a labyrinth style. Adults were sitting where the sand dune plants are drawn. The shoreline is gradually being restored to its natural profile (with the removal of a 45 year old concrete seawall).

The kids spent hours and hours building Crab-lantis with multiple layers of moats in a labyrinth style. Adults were sitting where the sand dune plants are drawn. The shoreline is gradually being restored to its natural profile (with the removal of a 45 year old concrete seawall).

I reworked the map labelling (after posting a messy sketch on IG), added colour digitally and then submitted the finished illustration to TheyDrawAndTravel.com.

Previously, I'd mentioned a 2017 #artgoal that included completing at least one "higher quality" illustration (for portfolio or otherwise) per week, beyond what could be produced in a day.

That has gone off the rails somewhat due to some breaks in momentum as well as pondering and pivoting on actionable project ideas to motivate and inspire. New things are coming!

In the meantime, more than a month had passed between blog posts - aak.

Here is another piece from the first half of February (which is now available on Etsy as an art print, and a shirt/tote bag on Society6. I ordered a women's t-shirt to suss out the quality and am waiting for delivery before promoting this particular print-on-demand product.)

The bursting forth of nature's truths (assisted by a megaphone) is reflective of my mood based on the current news cycle (addictive, distracting, and compelling one to speak and do something).