Colombia
In Photos: the Opening Night of my Exhibition in Brooklyn

In Photos: the Opening Night of my Exhibition in Brooklyn

A few weeks ago, I boarded a Concord Coach bus in Portland, carrying a black portfolio filled with two years of drawings, photographs and plans to install my first solo show at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. It seemed almost surreal to hold two years of work in my hands. Thinking about those countless hours spent researching, sketching,...
Drawing + Teaching on Colombia's Caribbean Coast: my upcoming solo exhibition!

Drawing + Teaching on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast: my upcoming solo exhibition!

I’m very pleased to present my first solo show at my alma mater, Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY. I’ll be showing my illustrations, comics, sketches and a selection of student photographs from Colombia. (The opening will be tomorrow, Thursday, April 7th!!)   Here’s an excerpt from the introduction to my show: This collection of illustrations...
I finished Peace Corps and opened an Etsy shop!

I finished Peace Corps and opened an Etsy shop!

I know, it’s been awhile. Since my last post, I have been working on a series of illustrations based on daily life on the coast of Colombia, led several youth development photography camps, hiked the Lost City in the Sierra Nevada with local indigenous guides, taken two scuba diving course in the Islas del Rosario, judged...
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.
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 won’t be disappointed. 😛   -Text and illustrations by Sarah Shaw @ www.mappingwords.com. All rights reserved.