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A Young Cartographer Maps his Story

Showing one of his maps, Trenton Sedlacek'20 describes why he started drawing

Jimmy Crotty

Showing one of his maps, Trenton Sedlacek'20 describes why he started drawing "I dropped some kinetic sand and I just decided to draw the shapes it made."

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Looking in the distance, Trent Sedlacek ‘20  thinks of inspiration for his next set of maps. While some people spend their time playing video games or reading, Sedlacek spends his time drawing maps.  He also creates stories to go along with them.

“I used to enjoy [drawing maps], but now it’s more of a necessity so I don’t lose the stories,” Sedlacek said.

Before he came to Mount Michael, he had binders full of drawings.

“Most were bad enough to throw away,” he said.

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Sedlacek’20 originally took regular paper and stained it with coffee to create the affect of aged paper.

However Sedlacek ended up keeping a select few. Before Sedlacek found his current art medium, he took long pieces of paper and stained them with coffee to “get the look.” Now he uses a hobby style paper that mimics parchment.

Sedlacek found inspiration for his first map when he dropped some kinetic sand on a table and drew the shape it made.

“I had a plant in my room that I trimmed, so I put the trimmings on the sand for fun so they looked like trees,” he said.

Despite their high quality, Sedlacek doesn’t think he’ll ever frame them because “they probably won’t ever be done.”

He also said that there were too many “deal breakers” in some of them to frame. Typos and inconsistencies in maps that are supposed to flow together.

For the moment he spends quite a bit of time on drawing during the school week.

“Freshman year is too easy,” Sedlacek said. “There’s only so much stuff to do in the gullies.” He also writes stories to go along with his maps to  “kill time”.

“The maps help me to visualize the worlds,” he said.

 Drawing at school is not a new activity.

“I used to do a drawing club at my school,” he said. They would just come in and draw whatever, but Sedlacek drew maps.

Some freshman have noticed his work.

“He’s like a genius.” Greg Gonzalez 20’ said. “I think he’s a really good kid, and he’s really smart.”

Sometimes his work is so professional looking, it surprises students.

Here is an up close look at Sedlacek’s handiwork

 

 

“I thought [the maps] looked printed, but then I looked closer and saw sketch marks,” Will Janecek ‘20 said. Janecek believes that Sedlacek is “interesting in a positive way.”

Even some of the faculty are impressed.

“That’s pretty awesome,”  Dean of Students, Dave Cormier said. “The detail is really impressive.”

As Sedlacek maps out his way through the rest of high school, one can only wonder, what will he draw up next.  He started his latest work of cartography a week ago.

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