No Small Plans

an original urban planning graphic novel

Sequential arts

Graphic novel

Illustration
Character design
Storyboarding


Overview.


In 2016 I formed a teacher-artist illustration studio collective - Eyes of the Cat Illustration, and we collaborated with the Chicago Architecture Center to produced an original 144 page graphic novel, which explores themes of civic agency and urban planning. The book takes the reader through Chicago’s past, present and future, as seen from the perspective of young people struggling to navigating power structures and understand how key decisions that affect their lives are made, and how they can become more active participants in their communities.

My role.


I conceptualized, storyboarded, designed characters, conducted extensive visual research, pencils and inks, and some color work.

Sample images.



Critical praise + reviews.


No Small Plansa collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center (formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation), has received critical praise from architecture critic Blair Kamin, The New Yorker, Salon, City Lab (The Atlantic), The Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, to name a few, and it is currently being used as instructional material within a nascent Urban Planning curriculum being developed by CAC and Chicago Public Schools.

You can find No Small Plans, as well as an in-depth description of the genesis and content of the project, at the following links:



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devinmawdsley@gmail.com