Ohn Mar WinHertfordshire, GB
Hi! I’m Ohn Mar, and I’m an Burmese born illustrator, designer and teacher, based in England. I’m best known for my fruit and vegetables illustrations which have appeared on countless branding and packaging projects.
I am a great advocate of sketchbooks, with 25+ Moleskines serving as a record of my creative journey as a self-taught watercolourist for the last 5 years. Oftentimes these sketch explorations provide the basis for classes and workshops. I love to teach—I have 20+ watercolour and illustration classes with over 80,000 students on Skillshare.
My mission statement is: I use my creativity and intuition to support and inspire myself, and then help others do the same, which allows me remain open to new opportunities, to learn, inspire, and create.
Maps By Ohn Mar Win
All these couples in traditional costumes represent just some of the many ethnic groups that make up Myanmar (Burma), as it has land borders with India, Bangladesh,China, Thailand, Laos. The main ethnic groups living in the seven states of Burma are the Karen, Shan, Mon, Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, and Karenni, although there are over 130 groups. Just recently after the military coup, many ethnic groups are now united and taking a stand against the brutal military dictatorship.
When we could travel and in my younger days of back packing adventures one of the highlights would be ordering a local beer on the evening of arrival in a new country or city. From Greece to Mauritius to Australia each country has its own distinct diverse beer cultures, styles and histories. There are many world beers I've yet to try and hoping for the day when we can travel with ease.
Just as we are familiar with the phrase a journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step, you could view your art practice as fascinating journey as we explore and expand our creative horizons. This foray into Growth Mindset Land will not be without its ups and downs, but think of the view from the top! // We all face very similar obstacles in our creative landscape, from Forests of Frustration, to Plains of Procrastination, but also marvel at the pretty Dell of Delight with its satisfying results and pleasing progress. // Even at the later stages there could be something that could cause a deviation...or a detour from our path. I’d certainly be mindful of monotony, all the tedious things that crop up, maybe a sense of weariness even though we are so close to our intended destination, the Peak of Pride. // If you have navigated this path then you will have a better understanding of the growth mindset that would have taken place in order to reach that summit. I hope there are feelings of pride and accomplishment because it I know myself it is not an easy journey on some days. // Although you will be called upon to muster up a tonne of courage most days, there are many other creatives undertaking the same journey so you will never be alone, and we can cheer each other on.
This map was originally conceived as part of my Skillshare class Daily Art Practice:14 Day Mindset Challenge, about showing up for your art everyday to improve your skill set by getting out of your own way to support your strengths and creativity.
This is my 10 year old daughters map of our Solar System. During this year's lock down she taught herself Procreate (and a bunch of animation apps) She honestly did this all by herself only asking for technical advice. I couldn't be a prouder mama knowing she enjoys her creative time as much as me.
I have always loved sci fi films from childhood (like Flash Gordon) and it remains one of my favourite cinematic genres. These films serve my love of adventure, wild imagination, with many being thought provoking, highlighting what it means to be human (and our place in the Universe )
Bread has a permanent place on our plates and in our hearts, wherever we live. Nearly every nation in the world has some form of bread that they claim as their own. Whether yeasted or unleavened, with added seeds or unadorned, these breads are unique to each country.
During time of Covid I made endless versions of Baozi with my kids, which is now a firm favourite.
When my daughter was 6 we were looking for something to occupy our evenings. She had her brother's old (think vintage) telescope but we had no way of know what we were looking at. With a quick google search I found several apps that would help us identify the twinkling dots above. We were enthralled by the new discoveries and would stay up later and later to watch Mars appear over the horizon or catch the ISS zoom pass. It was a wonderful mother daughter bonding experience as she was allowed to stay up late and handle my phone as we panned the night sky from a near by field. Then we'd walk home hand in hand talking about what we'd seen. Even now we still keep an ear out for any exciting developments like the SpaceX zooming pass or NEOWISE comet ( which we both saw) It was a very special time and one I'll always treasure.
I've been to Paris many times and I'm always amazed by its gentle beauty. There's always so much to explore and a long weekend is never enough to marvel at all of the stunning sites and places to explore, and some delightful food too.
I spent many weeks in southern Indian in my youth. In the near future I'd love to spend a month touring the 'golden triangle' taking in the stunning forts and multicoloured old towns. And as a Buddhist I'd love to visit Nepal and discover the history and heritage. Sampling the foods of each country would also be a big high light for me too.
I'm fortunate enough to live close to London and have always enjoyed its delights, from historical, gastronomical, theatrical and musical. I'm hoping that every month throughout 2017 I will submit a map here on TDAC. It will mostly be of world cities but I may go off at a tangent depending on how I feel !
Florence is such a magnificent city and I've had the pleasure of visiting several times. I have wanted to create a map based on E.M.Forster's novel, and subsequent film adaptation for many years. I have included some of the city's iconic architecture with reference to its role in the novel/ film. I hope to have captured some of Florence's enchantment and romance.
Some of the highlights of this beautiful English county. And also some of the well known and some less well known foodie treats. For example Yarg cheese which is wrapped in nettles... Star Gazey pie - a fish pie with distinctive features...and hevva (heavy) cake scored to look like fishing nets
I am a huge Jane Austen fan, although this is possibly my favourite novel by her. Reading it as a impressionable teenager I imagined where in Hertfordshire some of the major events took place - since I really do live in that county! The map contains most of the main locations with brief explanations.
Yangon still retains a certain amount of charm as the former capital of Myanmar ( since colonial times) Despite the traffic & noise that is fast encroaching this city it has many wondrous sights & smells that are unique to this Asian country