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Pop Culture Characteristic Maps

James Gulliver Hancock Depicts Icons Through Their Belongings

— April 30, 2014 — Pop Culture
Famous Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock released his new book of illustrations and it features 50 well-known personalities by mapping their belongings. The intricate and detail-oriented maps are sketched in the likes of everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Marilyn Monroe.

The book, titled 'Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks and All Their Weird Stuff,' features intimate doodles of the icons' favorite foods, habits and quirky possessions. For example, some of the things illustrated to depict Elvis Pressley include a heart (to depict how he died), a retro bottle of Pepsi (to show his favorite drink) and a peanut butter jar, a banana and bacon (to represent his favorite sandwhich).

Hancock said he was inspired by his observations of people in New York City, and started making “little make-believe maps of the people" based on everything they did and ate.
Trend Themes
1. Belonging Mapping - Mapping famous personalities through their belongings creates a unique and engaging visual representation.
2. Intimate Doodles - Illustrating icons' favorite items and habits adds a personal and relatable touch to their portraits.
3. Observational Inspiration - Using observations of people's lives as inspiration can lead to innovative and creative artistic approaches.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - Incorporating mapping techniques into artwork can offer a fresh and unique perspective in the art industry.
2. Publishing and Media - Producing books like 'Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers' can cater to a niche audience interested in exploring the lives of famous personalities.
3. Pop Culture and Entertainment - Applying mapping techniques to icons from pop culture can create new ways for fans to engage with their favorite celebrities.
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