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.


Brussels Guidebook Cover

Cityscape of Brussels for guidebook cover.

 

Art direction by Miguel de Groote at 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 was 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.com 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


Detroit

Line drawing in pen and ink of the city of Detroit.

This is one of those places that – when you say you are drawing it – people make a face and ask ‘why?’ but it’s these cities that are often the most interesting to draw; I’ve always been interested in Detroit and I enjoyed working on this image. I used a slightly more fish eye view for this than in some of my previous work and I like how it turned out.

Aerial views are always an intriguing view of a city – there’s a lot of fun things to be found on the tops of buildings, aerials, water tanks, air-conditioning units and busy areas like Detroit often have some of the best roof tops. Hopefully this is an enjoyable view of the city:


Cape Town

Drawing of seafront area of Cape Town, showing Table Mountain in the background.

Here’s the pencil draft for this drawing.


Laser Cut Copper Map of Singapore

Hand drawn maps of Singapore which were designed to be laser cut and mounted as part of an interior design scheme.

 

This commission also included the watercolour map of Singapore which I posted a while back:


Project Sketches II

For the first part of this post please take a look here.

The aim of this drawing was to show how the layout of the property and the planting of the courtyard garden would provide shelter from the sun during the hot weather while still letting in enough light to create an attractive environment. I developed the pencil draft to indicate the areas of light and shade:

With the final artwork the intention was to show the areas of light and shade as having equal importance to the structure of the building. So in the line draft  I treated these areas in the same way as I did the architectural features:

For the colour, I tried to keep it fairly simple for now and concentrated on balancing the light and dark areas. Colour was a combination of ink and photoshop. Here’s a few stages of the colour development:

And here’s the final piece.

Although I’m fairly happy with how this piece turned out, I will have to rework it fairly soon as some of the structural elements need changing to match our updated plans. In that respect, this has been a useful exercise; it turned out that my husband and I had visualised a few areas in very different ways and this drawing has helped clarify things.

Updates on this project can be found on my instagram page so do follow if you would like to see more.


Map of Nassau

A few weeks ago I was commissioned by Future Publishing to create an illustrated map of Nassau and the surrounding area, for their Book of Pirates. This was a huge amount of fun to work on, not least because it provided a superb excuse to watch Black Sails while I worked.

Here’s the final map:

As with all my work, I started with a sketch draft, which I’ve included below because it’s nice to see the initial stages of a piece – especially when – as in this case – I coloured it in photoshop: