The Met’s Family Map
I recently completed this poster puzzle for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Copies are available for free at the main information booth in the Great Hall of the museum. A 500-piece jigsaw puzzle is in the works for sale in the gift shop. You can view a neat “zoomable” PDF version on The Met’s website, here.
Met Poster/Puzzle FAQs:
Q- How long did it take you to finish?
A- About four years. Approximately 75% of the time was spent doing research and planning. The other 25% drawing and coloring. It took about 5 months to color.
Q- Did you draw it on a computer?
A- No. It’s drawn on a piece of paper with ink and white out. It was scanned and colored on the computer.
Q- How big is the original drawing?
A- It’s on a piece of bristol board about 19″ x 24″. It’s roughly 110% the size printed in the Family Map.
Q- Did you use a magnifying glass?
A- Not to draw with. But I used one for checking the drawing.
Q- Is every piece of art The Met owns in the poster? How many objects are there?
A- It’s not even close to every piece. And I have no idea how many objects are included but each piece drawn represents an actual piece from the collection.
Q- What’s your favorite piece?
A- I have many! Too many to name!
Here are some sketches, drawings and “outtakes” from the Family Map: