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This still has a bit to go on the left hand side but it’s likely I’ll never get round to it so I’m posting it anyway.

 

Pen and ink on paper, 2018

 

Second in series of drawings showing locations from The Bourne Identity, (2001)


London Bridge is Falling Down

I entered this piece for the AOI and London Transport Museum illustration competition. The theme this year was London Stories and after I had managed to stop thinking about Dickens and Sherlock it struck me that this was an excellent chance to look into the history of Old London Bridge. As with almost everything in London, this turned out to be an even more fascinating place than I had realised, with stories dating back 1014 and the attack on the bridge by Olaf II of Norway.

I used a number of different drawings of the various incarnations of the bridge over the years and focused on King Canute’s defence of the structure against the Viking invasion as well as the Great Fire of London and the suggestion of Eleanor of Provence as potentially being the mysterious ‘Fair Lady’ of the song. The design went its own way but I’m quite pleased with the result.

Pen and ink, felt pen and fineliner on paper, 2018.


Pont-en-Royans

Pont-en-Royans, France.

Pen and ink on paper, 2018.

 

One of the areas on the Tour de France route, 2018.


Kensington Panoramic

Panorama of Kensington and Knightsbridge areas of London, showing the V&A Museum, Natural History Museum and Royal Opera House. I may extend the detail on the right a little so that Harrods can be seen more clearly.

Pen and ink on paper, 2018


Sightsavers @ D&AD

Illustrations commissioned by Sightsavers for a display at the D&AD Design Exhibition.


Village, Sunday Evening

Sketch of the village from around 7pm til 8pm. I was trying to get across some of the changes in light we get at around that time of day as the transitions of the shadows on the building and road are rather interesting.


Marseilles

Project in which I draw places from the first Bourne film and maybe place them together in some way.

Unlikely to be updated much. This first post shows Marseilles, France.


Brussels Guidebook Cover

Cityscape of Brussels for guidebook cover.

 

Art direction by Miguel de Groote atA�VENUEZ


Bacharach

Two versions of a sketch of Bacharach, pencil on paper and pen and ink on paper.


Sketch of Edinburgh

Study for panoramic drawing of Edinburgh

Pencil on paper, 2018


Theletra

Three stages of a sketch I made showing the abandoned village of Theletra in the Paphos district of Cyprus.

I actually think this sketch was most successful at the initial stage but it was interesting to work into it and try out more colours and detail, even though I feel that the simpler sketch gets across the feel of the landscape and buildings best.


Machu Picchu

Illustrated Map of Machu Picchu in Peru. One of a series of illustrations for the ‘Where Is’ book series.

Pen and Ink and Promarker on Paper. 2017


New Drawings

Works in progress, line drawings of Vienna and Westminster, London.

 

Pen and ink on paper, 2018


Vertical London

After working on two vertical illustrations of Singapore late last year I became intrigued by the idea of creating a vertical drawing of London.

The layout of the Thames seemed to suggest a composition, so I started with the shape of the river and built the drawing outwards. Here’s my initial sketch:

Deciding on the landmarks to be included was interesting and sometimes challenging. The hardest aspect in some areas was deciding what to leave out. The Knightsbridge and Westminster sections were especially rich with interesting architecture and locations so in these I either chose my favourite sites or used whichever building fitted the composition best.

 

As with any city drawing, I discovered a huge number of fascinating places I had previously been unaware of. Possibly my favourite discovery wasA�Durning Library at 167 Kennington Lane, seen in detail here:

I’m never able to draw London without being amazed at how the history of the city is mapped across the layout of the architecture. This drawing attempts to show how each part of the city has a different character and how rich and fascinating London is. I’m not convinced I succeeded but it was an enjoyable project nonetheless.

I’m considering Paris, Rome, New York or Copenhagen as the next Vertical City so do let me know in the comments if you have any favourites.


New Panoramas

Here’s a few new panoramic illustrations I’ve been working on. They show New York, Istanbul, San Francisco and Chicago and all are available for purchasing for various usages, including large scale reproduction.

 

I’ll be writing more about each piece on cityscapeillustrator.comA�but for now, here’s a quick look at each drawing:


Sketch of Vertical London

Amongst other things, I’ve recently been working on a sketch for a Vertical drawing of London which has been an enormous challenge.

 

As always, the problem with drawing London is deciding what to include – there’s so many intriguing landmarks and fascinating areas that it’s impossible to decide which sections to focus on. With this piece, the layout added some constraints – although the drawing takes a few liberties in terms of how it shows the layout of the city, I did want there to be some geographical accuracy to the drawing. I always think these kinds of pieces are better if they have some sort of relationship with reality as it makes viewing the piece much easier if the composition makes some sort of sense.

 

I had a request for a print of the sketched draft of this drawing so I did an initial print run of 5 copies which can be purchased here


San Francisco Panorama

The San Francisco downtown area makes for an interesting skyline. I used a few different viewpoints to put together this composition; I was mainly interested in showing the city with the Bay Bridge in the background and I am fairly happy with how this scene balances.

I’d like to draw a street level view of the city next, showing how the elevation of the streets affects the style and layout of the architecture.


Summer Sketches

I usually manage to sketch outdoors a bit more frequently in summer.

Most of the sketches tend to be done fairly quickly – almost all of these were drawn with my baby in a sling in front of me so were somewhat impaired by some well-aimed kicks to the torso – but I did manage to produce a few slightly more detailed pieces – here’s three stages of one drawing which shows the view from my flat first thing in the morning:

This is probably my favourite sketch from the last few months – this was drawn with biro and it was fun to try something a little new with the colours. It’s not a new view – I’ve sketched this street rather a lot over the last few years, but it gets across the beautiful morning light a little more satisfactorily than previous efforts:


British GQ Cover Wrap

A few weeks ago I worked on this cityscape which was commissioned as a cover wrap for the December issue of British GQ. The drawing shows an imaginary cityscape dotted with landmarks from a number of locations featured in the issue. The drawing was reproduced in white on black.


Vertical Sketches

Each time I start work on a vertical drawing I have a terrifying moment halfway through when it feels as though the piece will never be resolved to any satisfactory degree.

The recent vertical pieces I made of Singapore were especially tricky as there needed to be some sense of geographical order to the design. After a great deal of erasing, the sketches stared to come together.


The Dawn Herald

Fantasy Illustrated Map for the novel The Dawn Herald.


Panoramic Drawing of Piccadilly Circus in London

Panoramic Drawing of Piccadilly Circus in London.

Commissioned for the JNA website.


Montreal Cityscape

This was a privately commissioned pen and ink drawing showing a specific aerial view of Montreal.

Montreal Cityscape