Texas is known as the Lone Star state and recently David Danz, an artist based in California, signed a project with writer Lawrence Wright which paved the way for him to get to know more of the state. For a project as big as a book, coming up with Texas Illustrated Map was not easy therefore Daz decided to conduct personal research to know more iconic locations within the state. The book by Lawrence Wright is entitled God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State.
The state is the home of the writer therefore he decided to divulge more through his book while exploring various sector Texas including its politics, the changing demographics, the border as well as the art that can be found there. For the illustration, he decided to hire someone with fresh perspective rather than a local who is already familiar with Texas. This is where the partnership with David Danz from California started.
They have agreed that the illustrations are going to be displayed in black and while and will be located all over the book. There will be scenes featuring the former presidents of the country, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson as they visit Mount Rushmore and the time when the Capitol building was attacked by feral hogs.A detailed map of the state was also included by Danz with highlights such as the major highways and remarkable location in every city including the Dallas-Fort Worth and art installation found in Marfa.
Danz said that he makes illustrations through scratchboard and this is the reason why he can create various styles. His specialty though would be to create illustrations that look like it has been cut and engraved in a wood. For the book, the contrast with the white and black illustrations can be described as somewhere in the middle while there are illustrations with more graphics in comparison.
He admitted that majority of his clients are brands and this is the first time he will create Texas illustrated map for a book project because Lawrence Wright is known to be a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.