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Mazes: How do they work?

Sean C. Jackson, a New York–based broadcast designer and art director, has been illustrating and exploring mazes for his own enjoyment for more than 30 years. Inspired by art, architecture, and the natural world, his colorfully detailed mazes offer imaginative and meditative journeys through village streets, garden vistas, island habitats, castle grounds, scenic towns, and gravity-defying surreal situations—each encouraging the mind to wander while following the paths.

In his new book, From Here to There: A Book of Mazes to Wander and Explore, there are 50 hand drawn single-page and full-spread mazes, sequenced with increasing complexity.

We asked Jackson a few questions about his maze-drawing expertise, so read on to learn how the mighty maze is made.

Oh, and side node: he highly recommends following the paths of the mazes with your finger, or the non-writing end of a pencil or pen used as a stylus—that way you can follow the paths again and again.

Q: How long have you been drawing mazes? What began the obsession?

A: I’ve been drawing mazes since I was very young, when I discovered the 3-Dimensional Mazes books by Larry Evans, published by Troubadour in 1976/77. I also had access an Escher book or two, so early on I began mimicking the wild architecture and intricate puzzles of their work.

Everyone doodles. The obsession is my desire to take my doodles—this language of stairs, buildings and plants—and complete them. Give them a purpose. There is joy from creating the puzzles, and a different kind of joy running them, solving them. I continue to run them long after I make them.

Q: How do you go about drawing a maze? Where do you begin the illustration?

A: I will have an idea of the type of structures or texture I want the maze to have—I may have an idea of a theme as well. Instinct takes over once the drawing starts. One form fits to the next, and the growth of the maze is very organic across the page. Once enough path branches have formed, I select the path and forks that will eventually become the solution path, but still allow the remainder of the maze grow in an organic fashion.

I always start at the beginning, but make sure to have a few false paths leading from the end to keep things interesting.

The beginnings of a maze

Planning paths

Although the mazes are often free-form and doodle-like, I need to keep track of the paths. Here is an example of my notations tracking paths alongside the final pencil drawing. Arrows are typically the “hero” path that will lead to the end. O’s are paths open on both ends that I will eventually attach to a hero or false path. Letters or numbers refer to a specific fork, usually close to the start, so I know where to reconnect looping false paths or eventual solution paths


Read the rest of the interview on our blog!

First-Ever ‘Women in Animation World Summit’ to Be Held at Annecy International Animation Festival

Variety reports: This year’s Annecy International Animation Festival will include a new addition to the roster of events: the Women in Animation World Summit, a day-long symposium of panels and discussions on topics relevant to women in the animation world that will take place June 12 at the Impérial Palace Hotel.

Some of the topics the panels will address include “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” “50/50 by 2025 — How are We Getting There?” “Developing Diverse Stories” and “Artists’ Experiences.”

Featured panelists include industry executives and producers from companies like Warner Animation Group, Illumination Entertainment, CANUK Prods., Studio Canal China, Oriental DreamWorks and Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as artists from all areas of the animation industry.

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I'm so invested and in love with your oc's!!!!! I ship Kassian and Mattheus so much, oh my god. They like each other, right? If I'm not mistaken? What's their dynamic if that's the case? And your art is gorgeous, I adore it. I always look forward to it! I hope you have a great day! :)

Aw thank you! Glad to hear it!

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