Complex interpretive sign illustrations


Over the last several years it’s been a privilege to work with the City of Kitchener (Ontario) to create some complex illustrations for interpretive signs in the City’s urban parks and natural areas. These illustrations aim to educate the public on themes of ecology, stewardship, and the lives of indigenous peoples in the Grand River region.

Below are some examples.

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Stream restoration illustration – Emily S. Damstra


stream restoration illustrations

Neutrals managing the land – Emily S. Damstra


neutrals indigenous people illlustraion

Neutral man utilizing weir for fishing – Emily S. Damstra


Neutrals inidgenous person fishing illustration

Urban forest – Emily S. Damstra


urban forest illustration

Urban forest: tree growth and care – Emily S. Damstra


urban forest tree care illustration

Davisville settlement – Emily S. Damstra


Davisville settlement mohawk illustration

Princess Point settlement – Emily S. Damstra


Princess Point settlement illustration

Neutral women collecting wood – Emily S. Damstra


Neutral indigenous women collecting wood

Turtle habitat in four seasons – Emily S. Damstra


Illustration turtle habitat

Neutral village – Emily S. Damstra


Neutral village illustration indigenous

Meadow – Emily S. Damstra


Meadow restoration illustration

A forest in four seasons – Emily S. Damstra


Illustration forest four seasons

Life cycle of the goldenrod gall fly – Emily S. Damstra


goldenrod gall fly life cycle and tall goldenrod Eurosta solidaginis

Please do not pick the plants – Emily S. Damstra


pick wildflowers plants stewardship

Please do not feed the wildlife – Emily S. Damstra


stewardship do not feed wildlife

Please be a responsible pet owner – Emily S. Damstra


stewardship be a responsible pet owner illustration

Please respect wildlife – Emily S. Damstra


Please respect wildlife stewardship illustration