A personal project illustrated and designed for a New York couple's Save The Date announcements, this piece works as an obvious play on and reimagining of Steinberg’s famed “View of The World from 9th Avenue” created for The New Yorker magazine in 1976. Whereas Steinberg’s art looked west from 9th Avenue across the city to the rest of the United States, the Pacific, and onto Japan and China, this interpretation looks east from the Manhattan couple’s part of the city around Broadway and Franklin toward Chinatown, the East River, Brooklyn/Queens, the Atlantic, and onto Denmark – where the wedding will be held in a beautiful castle.
Google Maps and Street View were used extensively to get an accurate depiction of the buildings in the Broadway/Franklin/Lafayette vicinity; slight adjustments (such as straightening the road around where it would hit Collect Pond Park) were made to keep the illustration a clear reference to the original upon which it plays.
While the layout is meant to obviously reference his work, stylistically I employed a bit of my own personal tight, mechanical illustration style and detailed brush strokes in its execution. It also carries the subtle pun of how Steinberg saw Manhattanites painting "New Jersey" with just one broad brushstroke of an area, and depicts a broad brushstroke simply labeled "Hipsters" indicating an exaggerated Manhattan view of Brookyln. The illustration work was done first in by hand with pen-and-ink, and then embellished with digital paints to bring in color to the piece. A few larger format fine art prints will be made, and smaller keepsake cards of the artwork will be mailed as a Save The Date announcement card to the couple’s family and friends.