This Illustration stood out to me in particular from the rest. I really admire this image because of the story/message I believe is told behind it. I think that the message here is saying that those children on the boat are just young and curious kids looking for adventure and living life out of materials they have which are the materials used for the sailboat. They may not be able to afford to take a train and can’t build one but their passion for adventure and living is so string that the sailboat they built can be just as powerful as an actual train which is why the train tracks are underneath the sailboat.
In Yuko Shimizu’s blog post her role of reference was Google Maps. It was kind of surprising for me at first that someone used that as a referenced. It then took me a second to realize that was a pretty genius resource to use as a reference since you can look up pretty much anywhere in the world and explore it from all dimensions without leaving the comfort of your home. The stages that Yuko went through to develop her work were at first pretty straight forward and common for someone that just wants a general reference of an area. But she then realized that Google images gave her just that; a general reference. She then realized that Google Maps has street view so that she can explore streets virtually and get details that she could not with just photos. Even if she were to visit the locations in person there are certain angles and dimensions that she could not view. So using Google Maps as a virtual reference for scenery is a great idea.