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 becauseA�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:


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Tokyo & European Landmarks

Two commissions forA�the New York Times, one featuring a variety of landmarks from Europe and another showing five key features in Tokyo


Project Sketches

For the last two years my husband and I have been working on a building project in one of the villages near Paphos. The project will ultimately become a family home and so weA�are aimingA�toA�create a space that will be both functional and beautiful. One of the most important considerations for us was how to create an outdoor space that would be comfortable to inhabit during the summer. Mu husband came up with an L-shaped design for the main part of the building which would form the start of the courtyard. The building is currently under construcrtion so I made a sketch of the space and started to add some of the elements we are hoping to incorporate into the basic structure, such as the arches and the wall in the courtyard.

 

I then developed the sketch a little to add more detail to the building - stonework and window styles - and started to imagine some of the planting scheme we are hoping to use. The aim of this sketch is to show how the trees and plants will create shaded areas and dappled light which should provideA�shelter from the sun.

Many of the trees in the garden are behind my viewpoint so are indicated by the shadows they cast over the scene.

 

Next stage is to ink and add colour to this piece. I am documenting the progress of this drawing - and others - on my instagram page, along with updates to the house itself, so do follow if you are interested in seeing more.


Pencil Sketches of Copenhagen

Studies for a forthcoming panoramic cityscape. The drawing is composed of four separate sections which are combined in photoshop to create a wider panoramic image. The final artwork will be finished in ink and scanned as a high resolution line drawing.

Section 1:

Section 2:

Section 3:

Section 4:

Sections 1 & 2 combined:

Sections 1, 2 & 3 combined:

Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4 combined:


Copenhagen

My current city obsession is Copenhagen. I've been interested in drawing it for a while as the cityscape contains a lot of architectural styles that appeal to me. Here's the first drawing:

I considered tacklingA�several different views of the city before deciding on this one; I liked the way theA�Slotsholmen canal opens up the scene and the way the skyline is dominated by the Christiansborg Palace on the left hand side. I left the building shapes between the key areas fairly simple to help draw the eye toA�the more intricate areas but I think the next piece of Copenhagen will probably bring the rooftop shapes further into the foreground as they are one of the more charming aspects to the city.

 


Aerial Drawing of Prague

I always love drawing Prague as it has some fascinating architecture, not least the very distinctive Church of Our Lady before TA?n, which dominates this view of the city. In the background can be seen the Prague Castle complex, which contains another impressive piece of Gothic architecture, St Vitus Cathedral.

 


Cyprus Marathon Map

The Cyprus Marathon takes place this Sunday (5th March) and features one of the most beautiful routes any marathon can offer, starting at Aphrodite's Rock - the birthplace of the goddess - and finishing at Paphos Castle in the harbour, one of my favourite places in Cyprus.

Sadly I wasn't able to compete this year so instead I spent my time completing the route by drawing this illustrated map of the Marathon course, which is currently on sale at the Marathon Expo in Paphos.

 

The map shows several of the areas you run past during the full marathon, as well as a few of the geographical features of the area. It's a fun and exceptionally friendly event and I would recommend it to any long distance runner; they also have half marathon and 10km events and March is the perfect time of year to be running in Cyprus.


Vertical Worlds

Last year I worked on this colouring book for Abrams; it was a challenging but very enjoyable project which gave me the chance to create someA�intricate and fantastical drawings which were a nice change from my more conventional perspective based work.

 

Below are some sample pages from the book which can be found via my Amazon page.


Multi-city Panoramic Illustration

This drawing was a commission from a couple of years ago; a multi-city panoramic drawing which was used as a mural installation in a corporate office space. the fuull drawing can be seen below, but due to the large width of the piece I posted a few sections from the drawing individually so the cities are more clearly visible.

Hong Kong:

Amsterdam:

Beijing:

Paris:

Singapore:

All the artwork associated with this composition belongs to myself and the client so please do not copy the images from this post. If you would like to use a drawing of one of the cities mentioned in the post then please email me at abigaildaker@hotmail.com to see what work I currently have available for usage.


Aldgate Panoramic and Line Drawings

Last year I worked on a few illustrations for Cre8te Design, one of which was this panorama of the Aldgate area in London:

 

Below is the first sketch I made for this piece:

 

And here is the initial line draft which was edited somewhat to highlight the most significant buildings in the area:

 

 

I also worked on a series of line drawings for Cre8te, including the images in the gallery below:

 

 

 


Illustration of Hull for The Planner

At the end of last year I worked on an illustration of Hull for the January edition of 'The Planner' magazine. The drawing accompanied a piece on Hull's redevelopment and featured a number of areas of Hull which are being regenerated as it becomes the UK City of Culture for 2017:

Below is the line draft, which was also featured in the article:

It was interesting for me to see how the area was being developed because Paphos - the city I live in - is currently the European City of Culture for 2017 and has been undergoing huge improvements as a consequence. The changes in Hull look equally exciting and it was a good chance to look at a city I previously knew relatively little about.


French Landmarks

Towards the end of last year I was commissioned to draw twelve French architectural landmarks. This was a fascinating project to work on because it involved researching some buildings that I hadn't previously encountered and showed me just how varied french architecture can be.

From left to right, the image below shows La Tour St. Jacques, Alsace Cathedral, the July Column, St. Denis and the Eiffel Tower:

From left to right this image shows Buzine Chateau, Chateau d'Azay and the Church of Bonaventure:

 

And from left to right, the final image showsA�Voix du Nord, Les Invalides, Chateau Cheverny and Notre Dame:

I had to research all the images and discovered many more beautiful french buildings so it may be that a map of French architecture is a side project I start working on this year.A�It would be interesting to map out the buildings along with the dates they were constructed in as well as to explore some of the landmarks outside of Paris.

 

Further examples of my architectural illustrations can be found in this gallery


Hong Kong, San Francisco and Amsterdam

Here's a few pencil sketches I made last year during the course of a couple of commissions. Not all of these drafts made it into the final compositions. It's interesting to see how different the architecture is in each drawing; due to the scale of the building sizes, each city works best from a different viewpoint.

Hong Kong, for example, looks most interesting when viewed from across the water at a slight distance:

Amsterdam is also seen from the water, but with a closer view to show the features of the much smaller buildings in more detail:

And San Francisco is most intriguing with a slight aerial view, this way we can see the layout of the city, the bridge in the background and the contrast between the different building sizes:


Tremithousa

During the summer in Cyprus it is too hot to go for a walk after around 8AM so I started taking pre-sunrise walks through Tremithousa, a neighbouring village to the one I currently live in.

In the village centre, there is a small roundabout and I made this sketch from there. The aim was to get some of the interesting light as the sun came up and to catch the way it bounces off the various buildings on the nearby streets. this has always struck me as the most intriguing aspect of a sunrise or a sunset, the way the light rapidly changes and alters the appearance of our surroundings.

pencil-crayon-sketch-tremithousa


Pentalia

Pentalia is a village in Cyprus, near to the area where we're currently building a house, so we visited it a couple of weekends ago to get some ideas about stonework, windows and doorways. Travelling the island for inspiration has become something of a part time hobby for our family and it has led to us discovering some intriguing villages.

Old Pentalia has a number of buildings that structurally are not in great shape due to the type of stone in the areaA�(I believe the chalk content is quite high) and although this is problematic from an engineering point of view, it does mean that a number of the streets are rather charming in appearance; slightly run down streets are always something I like to draw so I started working on another biro drawing after photographing the area:

pentalia-drawing

The aim with these biro drawings is really to try and get across some of the amazing light and shade you see in Cyprus.A�It s one thing I always like about photographing the streets in the villages, the way that the light and shade defines the structures and enhancesA�interesting shapes in the streets and buildings.

 

As with the drawing of Saranta Kolones, about halfway through, this image started to take on a positive/negative space impression. This wasn't something I wanted to do entirely throughoutA�either sketch as the shapes of the rocks and stones in the buildings was of as much interest to me as the balance between light and shade, but I think the white space in each drawing is a good way to get across the strength of the Cypriot sunlight on a building; it bleaches all the details out and gives photos and drawings a very beautiful graphic quality that I wanted very much to get across.


London Panoramic Drawing

Back in 2014 I worked on this London panoramic drawing highlighting the Principal Tower building (seen just right of St Paul's cathedral). The illustration was created in pen and ink and fitted across a double page spread in a brochure, which can be seen here.

Art Direction was by Identity Design.

inked-panoramic-london

Panoramic drawings which need to focus on specific areas of the city often need to be created at quite a large scale in order to represent the crucial buildings clearly. This piece was drawn across 2 sheets of A2 paper which were then stitched together in photoshop to compose the final piece. Here's aA�couple of the preparatory sketches which I made when composing the drawing.

sketch-london-panoramic

 

The initial sketch (above) is quite sparse and aims to map out the layout of the piece and to see how everything fits into the available space. Once the client is happy, I then refine the sketch some more and add detail to give a clearer idea of how the final artwork will look.

new-sketch-london-panorama


Longest Dot to Dots

Over the past year, I worked on a series of Dot to Dot books for adults, featuring 3000 piece dot to dot panoramic drawings of various cities around the world.

The first dot to dot book featured London and was soon followed by New York, Paris and Australia:

 

Here's my drawing of the completed London panorama:

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And here's a look at how the completed New York drawing looks:

 

London dots

 

It was tremendous fun to work on theseA�books and to create some different kinds of panoramas. Each dot to dot drawing is completed as a single line image which is challenging to work on at such a large scale but immensely satisfying.

 

TheA�Longest Dot to Dot books were commissioned by Octopus PublishingA�and can be found via my Amazon author page.


Saranta Kolones

One of my favourite places in Paphos is the Archaeological Park near the harbour area and the ruined Medieval fortress Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns Castle) is one of the most intriguing structures in the area. I've drawn it a few times in the past and it's an interesting subject to work on. For this piece, I thought it might be a good way to try a slightly different approach to drawing, so I worked on a sketch with a blue biro pen:

saranta-kolones-paphos-drawing

I used to draw a lot in biro but as most of my commissions now are for pen and ink drawings it has been a while since I used this medium. I'd forgotten how good it is to draw with and how easy it is to get more depth into an image as - unlike with black ink - you can vary the darkness of the line and add shaded areas of different depths very easily. I'm hoping to manage a few more of these over the next few weeks - quite apart from anything else - it makes a nice change to be drawing places in my local area; Cyprus has some beautiful ruins, architecture and villages and it would be good to explore some of these a little more.


Old City walk Jodhpur

Last year I worked on a project to illustrate a map of Jodhpur, the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India. You can see the completed map below:

jodhpur-map-final-2

 

The map project involved making a number of illustrations of notable places in the Jodhpur area, many of which were exceptionally beautiful and very intriguing. I usually finish a map like this with long list of areas I'd like to draw again or look at in more detail;A�when the illustrations need to be reproduced at a smaller size - as in this map - it is better to limit the detail and keep the drawings relatively simple, otherwise they look too dark and complicated on the page. So when I drew the Old City Walk area of Jodhpur for this map, I kept the detail to a minimum and produced a relatively simple sketch:

old-city-walk-jodhpur-sketch

which was then coloured and placed on the map. You can see here that the level of detail is appropriate for the size and scale of the overall piece. Another reason for keeping the line detail spare is that the client wished the illustrations to be coloured and so there was less need to use the linework to add depth than there usually is in my black and white pieces.

 

jodhpur-map-3

 

I always wanted to draw the City Walk in more detail, however. There were some interesting angles in the arrangement of the buildings and contrasts between the textures in the brickworkA�which I thought would be interesting to explore in a line drawing, so I decided to take the original piece and work into it a bit more; I'm relatively pleased with how it came out:

 

old-city-walk-jodhpur

 

The next step with this drawing might be to colour it in more detail, possibly with a watercolour wash. Throughout my commissioned work, I often learn of beautiful and intriguing places which I'd like to draw again and soA�it was great to revisit the City Walk and think about the area in more depth, especially because it differs so much to many of the cities I usually illustrate.


Bristol

This September, I was asked by CX Partners to draw an illustrated cityscape of Bristol for their new office spaces, incorporating some of the distinctive characteristics of the area into the image. I’ve not previously had much opportunity to to draw Bristol but I’ve visited the city a few times and so this was a fantastic commission. The biggest challenge was probably whittling down the list of areas to include, but we did manage to get Isambard Kingdom Brunel in there – see if you can spot him.


Pershing

Commission from 2015 showing Pershing Square and the variety of businesses and features of this area of New York city.

Drawing was composed of a series of pen and ink drawings which were collaged together using photoshop.

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The finished piece is above and below is my sketch for the drawing.

pershing-5-x7-sketch


London Sketches

Pencil sketches of London for various projects I worked on last year:

shard sketch

Trafalgar Sketch

piccadilly eros

Millennium Dome2

london panorama

bank of England Sketch 2


Nicosia

Line drawing of Nicosia, Cyprus.

Pen and ink on paper, 2016.

nicosia

I may work on this some more - it could perhaps use more detail in places. The main difference between this and other line drawings on my website is that I used a dip pen to draw it with instead of a rotring technical pen. I quite like the slight variations in line width that you get with a dip pen and the quality of line can be beautiful so I may use it for some commissions in the future.


Landmarks of the World

Last year I was contacted by Modern Books about the possibility of working on an adult colouring in book with them. The subject matter was to be architectural and the focus would be on famous landmarks from around the world.

 

Architectural landmarks are by far my favourite thing to draw so this project was a fantastic one to work on especially as the book was to include some of the most beautiful and intriguingA�buildings from around the world. I've drawn many of these landmarks before but each image in the book wasA�drawn just for this project.

 

Here's a few photos of the interior spreads from the book:

 

Tower Bridge in London, England:
Landmarks of the World architectural illustration 2

 

Title page, showing Fallingwater in Pennsylvania and the US Capitol in Washington DC on the right hand side:
Landmarks of the World architectural illustration

 

Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary:
Landmarks of the World architectural illustration3

 

Prague Orloj in the Czech Republic:
Landmarks of the World architectural illustration4

 

Blue Mosque, Afghanistan:

Landmarks of the World architectural illustration6

 

You can purchase Landmarks of the World on AmazonA�and I hope it is as much fun to colour in as it was to draw.


Architectural Drawings

Architectural Illustration for Crea8te Design.

Pen and ink on paper, 2015weighhouse street

duke street

arch sketch lowres

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