The Team

Melinda Clarke – Founder|Producer

Mel is the driving force behind The Melbourne Map. She conquers technological learning curves, brings artists together, talks about the project to everyone who will listen and is the founder, project manager, researcher, fundraiser, promoter and publisher of The Melbourne Map.   The original Melbourne Map was her brainchild after backpacking around Europe and America and seeing the value of illustrated city drawings.  Since publishing the first Melbourne Map in 1990 she moved to the country in 1997 and ventured into fish farming for 12 years then back into the arts, working for Back to Back Theatre.  Seeing the enormous changes in her favourite city over these past 28 years she went on a quest to bring the enormously popular image back to life including all the new infrastructure, buildings, sporting arenas, parks and add a few more suburbs to the drawing.  Mel is delighted to be sharing this illustrated gift with Melbournians and her visitors.

Deborah Young – Character Illustrator

Artist and garden designer (total green thumb!), Deborah first joined the team in 1987. She designed and drew the original character line drawing for the first edition – The Magic Melbourne Map.  This was printed in black and white on rag paper as a signed and numbered edition.  This historic view of Melbourne is held in the State and National Library archives, Historical Society records and adorns the walls of many a home and business around Melbourne and indeed the globe. Deborah’s creative career includes design drafting, blackboard art and garden design.  Happy to be re-living the joy of working on the project once again, Deborah added her talents to the project by illustrating many of the vehicles, people and events incorporated into the drawing.  She is also working on a new project with Melinda to create a detailed illustration of The Bellarine Peninsula.

Lewis Brownlie – Chief Illustrator

Mel met Lewis in 2016 after she had seen the colouring book of Melbourne he had illustrated.   He’d spent a couple of years drawing the CBD, one building at a time, attracted to the older colonial feel of his own past.  Lewis was excited to take on the challenge of illustrated map making and whilst his original estimation of the project was 4-6 months he ended up by committing over two years to what became an enormous task.  Mel and Lewis worked from a small studio at Boom Makers in Geelong researching and drawing every day whilst sharing the process with visitors to their tiny space.

Lewis studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University, and has always had a keen interest in objective drawing particularly in line work, shapes and spaces created within architecture.   More of his work can be viewed on his website.

Lewis has taken a short break from map making and is creating and publishing some amazing drawings of Melbourne’s beautiful buildings.  He continues to work from our little studio at Boom Makers and will soon begin the task of penning a map of Geelong.

Sean Rodwell – Digital Colourist

The task of colouring The Melbourne Map cannot be underestimated.  We met Sean in late 2018 and he agreed to take on the challenge of this final stage of the map.

Sean brought his vast experience and computer wizardry to the project and spent many months accurately digitally colouring the amazing line drawing created by Lewis.

When not working within the strict strategic disciplines of the advertising industry Sean loves to paint and draw and is an accomplished artist with a large body of work shared here on his website.