The final tallyFlorida to Washington

Road trip map sketch by Chandler O'Leary

If you happen to follow along on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know I’ve just returned from a 4000+ mile road trip across the south and west of the county. One of the things I like to do at the end of a trip (and the end of my sketchbook) is a map and recap of the journey. Of course, there are lots and lots of sketches of the details along the way (I expect you’ll see lots of those in the coming weeks), but sometimes it’s nice to step back and look at the big picture.

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Comments (6)

  1. Chris

    I am a HUGE map fan and I DO follow on IG and I LOVE capital letters, it doesn’t mean I’m yelling.
    p.s. I prefer small letters, but still…

  2. Susan O'Leary

    Hello Chandler,

    Your dad and I have been following your travel blog of your current journey. We’ve enjoyed viewing every moment of it, and thank you for thinking of us with your post cards.


  3. Sally Vedder

    Just love your blog & your art!!! I’ll be following, WHEREVER you go. You’ve inspired me to draw it up more in my journals–I think I may have to invest in one of those long-page Moleskin books now. Really really enjoy your Unusual Angle Viewpoints and those ceilings!!! I’m gonna make a wild suggestion here: Sometime if you’re driving up the coast of California again, you might (maybe) enjoy all the sights in the Hearst Castle. I know, it does kind of gag (Rapacious Millionaire loots European Art…)–but really it’s an Art History Course all in one place and quite tasty for lovers of intense pattern and fabulous detail. And the Ceilings!!!!

    1. Chandler O'Leary Post author

      Thank you, Sally! I’m so glad you’re drawing in your journals, too—if you do decide to go with the Moleskine books, have patience with them! They’re tricky to work with if you’re using watercolor, so there can be a bit of a learning curve until you get used to it. The little panoramic ones are nice to start with because they actually contain watercolor paper; the paper in the books branded as “sketchbooks” has a kind of oaktag quality to it, which makes it kind of feel like trying to paint on a manila folder. I happen to like that, but I know it frustrates a lot of people.

      As for Hearst Castle, I have been within a stone’s throw of the place on no fewer than five occasions, but each time I had to choose between it and something else, and Hearst hasn’t yet won the draw (no pun intended). One of these days I’ll get there, though—I’m definitely interested!

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