HOW THE PROCESS WORKED
First, I sent Silvia a bunch of images of maps of the fair and photos of the particular buildings that I wanted her to highlight in her illustration. From there, Silvia worked up a rough draft of the map to make sure we were on the same page with the illustration and wording style, wayfinding approach, etc. I loved the overall look and feel from the very beginning!
From there, we went back and forth several times adding more landscaping, changing the way the buildings were represented, incorporating additional illustrations, etc. One of the best changes we came up with was to add illustrations of the two main characters—Vivi and Max—and locate those images at their respective places of work.
The final step was to have the art and production departments at my publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, provide their input and make any changes.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
Silvia’s final map, pictured above and at the front of We Came Here to Shine, is absolutely gorgeous and an important and informative addition to the novel!