The Sustainable City Map for the Home Depot Foundation

Through a web search, Randal was contacted by Idea Engineering out in Santa Barbara, California about doing a map for their client, the Home Depot Foundation. Through email communication, a project scope, fee and timeline were established. The objective of the project was to create a generic city map that could be used on a website to highlight various “green” and “sustainable” features that Home Depot Foundation promotes as good city planning and public policy.

Based on the resources that Idea Engineering and Home Depot furnished, Randal first created a digital “pencil” of the line art for “The Sustainable City” map. This pencil was created using Corel Painter software, running on a MacBook Pro, using a pen stylus on a Wacom Intuos3 Tablet.

This is the final illustration as delivered to the client. The line art was kept on a layer by itself floating above a base layer used to paint digital watercolor and pencil shading that gives the map its dimensional and textured look. The developers of a new website will use this map to highlight various areas to provide greater detail and content about:

  • Wastewater and Sewage Treatment
  • Truck Weigh Stations
  • Solid Waster Transfer and Recycling Facilities
  • Eco-Industrial Parks
  • Wind Energy Generating Farms
  • Multi-Modal Train Facilities
  • Wetland Areas
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Water Reservoirs and Storage Ponds
  • Green Roof, Green Buildings
  • Rivers, Bridges and Forest Buffer Zones
  • Neighborhood Shopping Districts
  • Cultural Districts
  • Financial Districts