STEUBENVILLE - Get ready, Steubenville.
Come September, the Herald-Star will issue its first "Steubenville Fun Map" - a chance for the owners of 100 buildings, be they businesses or community landmarks, to be plotted on a colorful, creative and personality-filled map of the city.
Local artist Lillian Brue is doing the customized artwork for the project, designed to capture the character of the city as well as the distinctively unique personalities of the people who call it home.
HAVING SOME FUN — This illustration offers a taste of what the Steubenville Fun Map will look like.
-- Photo Illustration by Lillian Brue
Brue describes the illustrated map as "the perfect project."
"I'm combining fine art, graphic design and humor," she said. "I pencil sketch the buildings and personalities onto paper, scan them and use the computer to color and finalize the art. I'm so lucky to be able to take the humor that I see in everyday life and express it artistically in this fun map of the Steubenville area. I actually find myself chuckling while I'm working. There's so much character and personality in the people and the buildings in the Steubenville area and it's a privilege to illustrate them."
The full-color maps will measure 36-by-24 inches. Due to space limitations, only the first 100 businesses or area landmarks responding can be included. Those who wish can have their own likeness added in caricature form, or they can choose to underscore the flavor of their business or building only. Either way, it will be a conversation-starter.
"We want to make sure there's plenty of room for Lillian to bring the buildings and personalities of Steubenville to life," said Cindy Kotsch, the Herald-Star's special projects manager. "It's going to be a fun, community project, a way for all of us to show our community pride. You'll see so many of the people and places you know and love on the map, only in caricature form."
Participating business or building owners will receive a framed copy of the map to hang on their wall, plus 20 additional copies to pass out to family, friends or customers. Each advertiser also gets a free, 2-by-3 inch black-and-white ad in September.
"Fun is the key word for this project," said Alex Marshall, publisher of the newspaper. "Lillian is truly able to capture the personality of her subjects through her art. Those who participate in the project will be able to share a laugh or two while investing in a great piece of advertising.
"We're starting with Steubenville, but we are not going to stop there," Marshall continued. "We hope to be able to extend this project to include maps from other communities on both sides of the Ohio River."
In addition to the printed map, a clickable version will be posted on the Herald-Star's website.
"Visitors will be able to click on a particular building and it will take them to the advertiser's website or, if they don't have a website, it will open a page with what you need to know about that business, like its hours of operation, its address or logo," Kotsch said.
"This is really is going to be a lot of fun for the community," said Denise Delatore, the newspaper's advertising director. "Lillian is such a talented artist, and she truly has a knack for bringing the unique personalities of the people and places she encounters every day to life in her work. What she's done so far is just amazing and I can't wait to see the finished product."
For information about the project, contact Delatore at (740) 283-4711.
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