Thursday, April 26, 2012

World Tour

For decades I've been holding onto an old dilapidated atlas. It seemed to be calling out to me from the bookshelf, "You've got got the whole world at your fingertips. Go ahead, explore." So I finally honored this advice (with ample assistance from sumi ink). I hope you enjoy these impressions from the first leg of my journey!

A tribute to Polynesian ink (drawn with sumi ink)

A view of Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" on the Great Salt Lake

Ode to Peter Paul Rubens

A Veiled Society?

"Wall of Skulls" at Chichen Itza, a Mayan Temple

Inspired by Constantin Brâncuși's "The Kiss

I'd love to your thoughts on this essay. What images have left an impression on you in your travels? Stay tuned for more posts from the second leg of my journey!

You can view my entire World Tour collection here!


  1. These are terrific!

  2. I really appreciate that, Christoph. I've always been fascinated with old maps, so it was gratifying to meditate on them through drawing. This project makes me want to travel the world more than ever!

  3. Thank you James! This project made me aware that I don't look enough at the great artists. They have so much to teach us, so this was a good way to pay tribute: - )

  4. Pamela J. WallaceMay 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Dan, these are fantastic! send them to KMOCA. check their website for info...
    wow, i love these so much! Mr. Yoshi loves them too, he barked approval!!!

  5. Thanks for the great feedback Pamela! I really appreciate that you took the time to see these, and I will certainly follow up with KMOCA. Please give Mr. Yoshi a biscuit for me!

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  8. Wonderful!! Did you draw directly on the map or recreate the map as you drew the picture? I cannot tell from the pictures. Either way, they are tremendous.

  9. Thank you, Gretchen! I had an old atlas which was falling apart, but didn't want to throw it out. So I took individual map pages - and drew directly on them. It was fun to give these old maps new life and meaning.