These illustrations came to fruition after a conversation that Valerie and I had about wishing that we could find some sort of artwork for the cabin that evoked the WPA-era "See America" travel posters from the 1930s-40s. The WPA's Federal Art Project artists focused mostly on western attractions, like Yellowstone and Yosemite. I have never encountered a travel poster from the project specific to Michigan, so anything we would find would be a more modern interpretation of the old posters.
After thinking about this dilemma for a while, I decided that I could probably figure out how to replicate the WPA style using photographs I had taken from around Michigan. After some tinkering with some settings and processing the images in a couple different programs, I arrived at the images that I used to create these illustrations. I imagine that I shall continue to tweak the colors on a few of the images until I am satisfied, but I am happy with the overall look of these images and how they capture the spirit of their 75-year-old predecessors.