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Illustrating Salento

Illustrating Salento

These days, I’ve been illustrating scenes from my daily life in Colombia. It’s given me the opportunity to really observe my surroundings, slow down and reflect. A few weeks ago during the Easter vacation, I ventured to Salento, a small town in Colombia’s Coffee Triangle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, patterned houses, and sprawling mountains, the change...
Six People I See on the Beach in the Morning

Six People I See on the Beach in the Morning

As part of my daily routine, I usually run four miles on the beach as the sun is rising. I recently sketched some people that I see everyday on these morning runs, who have become part of my community in La Boquilla. -Illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.
My Hammock

My Hammock

Hello friends! These days I’m challenging myself to draw everyday, whether it be a simple line drawing, a comic, or something more detailed and time-consuming. I’ll be posting here occasionally, but you can follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. -Comic by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.
Peace Corps Projects: HIV/AIDS Talks

Peace Corps Projects: HIV/AIDS Talks

Classes have been in session for about a month now. I’ve been busy teaching with a few English teachers, enjoying Barranquilla’s Carnaval, running and doing yoga everyday, and drawing, of course. Additionally, I published an article on our Peace Corps Colombia online magazine (which I helped create and am the current layout editor) about the...
A Review of 2014 + Goals for the New Year

A Review of 2014 + Goals for the New Year

I took this photo as I was freezing my butt off on the Brooklyn Bridge a day before New Year’s Eve. I’m grateful for the time I was able to spend with my boyfriend, family and friends in Maine, New York and DC this winter.   I’m a week and a half late, but Happy...
Sharing Stories: illustrating for others

Sharing Stories: illustrating for others

Recently I’ve been sketching and illustrating scenes from Colombia that have been present in my daily life for the past year. I’ve shared several of these images on Facebook and Instagram, and to my surprise, I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback. Some Peace Corps friends have even commissioned me to illustrate some meaningful parts of their...
The Mangroves of La Boquilla

The Mangroves of La Boquilla

[markers, pen and colored pencil on 11″ x 14″ paper] The mangroves are an integral part of La Boquilla; fishermen stand in the knee-deep water and cast their nets, native guides row tourists through the winding tunnels, crabs, pelicans, termites and stray dogs make their homes within the vegetation, and residents live on slivers of...
The Mochila Vendor

The Mochila Vendor

[marker and pen on paper, 11″x 14″] Within La Ciudad Amurallada–Cartagena’s historic walled city–vendors sell an array of colorful, handmade goods. Long beaded necklaces, bracelets, headbands, and prints of Botero’s pudgy nudes are neatly arranged on the brick sidewalks. The wall of mochilas–over-the-shoulder bags handmade by the indigenous Wayuu tribe–catch my eye. The colors have...
#4, Collaging Colombia, The Street Below

#4, Collaging Colombia, The Street Below

 [Magazine pieces in 7.5″ x 10″ sketchbook] La Boquilla, Bolívar, Colombia. November 2013. Squeaky pedals on a bike, roosters crowing, stray dogs barking, a man rolling his cart down the street and selling a dried corn drink by yelling “PETO!”–these are the sounds of the street below. The sun shines through the papaya and palm trees, allowing...
A Different Mr. Fox

A Different Mr. Fox

  *If you’re not familiar with Mr. Fox, the one-hit-wonder reggaetonero from Cartagena (I think), check out the video for “USHHH.” You’re going to have to listen to the audio here, because it’s been removed from the video due to copyright laws. You won’t be disappointed. 😛   -Text and illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All...
Maps and Markers: A Fish Vendor in La Boquilla

Maps and Markers: A Fish Vendor in La Boquilla

Mapping a section of La Boquilla A fish vendor down the street from my house Everyday I wake up between 5:30 and 7:30 AM. As part of my morning ritual, I wander over to the balcony and observe Boquilla’s principal street below. I see students meandering along the sidewalk in their uniforms, a grandmother sweeping her...
Maps and Markers: Manzanillo del Mar

Maps and Markers: Manzanillo del Mar

A map of Manzanillo del Mar, located north of Cartagena Manzanillo del Mar is a small pueblo located on the beach just beyond La Boquilla, the community where I live and work. In La Boquilla, 10,000 residents live on a narrow strip of land, but in Manzanillo, there are only 500. (To draw my map, I...