Friday, 1 May 2009

childhood map

This is an idea based on childhood stories, when any gaps in knowledge were filled with imaginary and often dangerous mythical creatures. Some of the things above were real or based on reality, others were imagined and were kept alive by other children talking about them as if they were real. I didn't know what glue sniffers were, but they sounded bad, so I imagined they were some kind of demonic creatures. And no one actually saw the witch because she was often on holiday. The world seemed so dangerous in those days, but it was also exciting and new, without the weary cynicism of adulthood.


  1. It is really nice idea, Joe. I think many people are excited to have little adventure with a map of unknown place. I'd like to see more :)

  2. Thanks Kazu! I noticed that you have also just done an old-fashioned map, which by the way looks amazing!

  3. I was once in a room looking at a seven-year-old when an adult alked about serving on a ship with a "skeleton crew". I did explain when his eyes bugged out of his head.

  4. Haha! you should've let him continue thinking that!

  5. i see the lion and the witch, but i believe you left out the wardrobe?

    : )
    regardless, it is truly a lovely drawing.
    as are many of your other works on here.
    thank you for sharing!

  6. I'm sure a lot of it came from books and tv programmes we read/saw as children and only half-remembered... :-)