The Life of an Illustration II

Not all my illustrations end up on holiday (see my previous post).
Often they never manage to travel beyond a PowerPoint presentation in a closed room, but occasionally it’s nice to see them ‘in the wild’ helping out with some publicity.

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Recently some of my illustrations travelled with Boris Johnson to New York. Eventually they ended up on a few websites…

City AM, “Goodbye Jammersmith, hello to Wombling free? Mayor Boris Johnson outlines radical plans to solve capital’s congestion headaches” 10/2/15
http://www.cityam.com/209006/goodbye-jammersmith-mayor-boris-johnson-outlines-radical-plans-solve-capitals-congestion

City Metric, “London’s mayor wants to start putting major roads into tunnels” 9/2/15
http://www.citymetric.com/transport/londons-mayor-wants-start-putting-major-roads-tunnels-724

Maybe they even managed to get printed somewhere, who knows. In this case they were amended slightly by my direct client. Not immediately apparent and quite subtle; but I can tell. A bit like teenagers getting their ears pierced or tinting their hair colour I suppose. Flippancy aside, I think these proposals are great idea given the rising land prices in London. Not for the easing of congestion and building more roads but for more housing and parkland. Hopefully, they provoke some serious discussion.

Pencil Draft, Photo Filter

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I really am going to get around to updating this site soon and I really will try to post more regularly.  Promise.

In the meantime here’s an image of what I call a ‘Pencil Draft’ for a drawing I did a while ago.  The final image is included in the SAI book that is being launched shortly (‘Drawing on Architecture’).

A Pencil Draft is my first setup for a drawing once a rough layout has been established and approved.  Usually there’s a model of some kind that it’s based on.  In this case I’d made a SketchUp contour model and mapped parts of a sketch plan (golf course) onto it.  I also established some basic stuff by creating blocks for buildings.  Once printed out I start scribbling details in pencil, deleting parts with Tipex (White Out if you’re American) and shoving down just enough info to enable me to work it up in more detail with an ink overlay.

Usually I take it off my board and scan it to send to the client but in this case I was a bit rushed and took a photo for client approval before the ink stage.

… and then a few days later I played around with the every popular ‘Blur Halo’ filter, or whatever it’s called, so beloved by Instagram users.  I was quite taken by the effect.  Even with the fold down the middle.  So I’m including it here to see what people think.

‘Stories of Light and Line’, An Invitation

Stories in Light & Line Invitation

Dear Everyone,

You’re all invited to attend the Private View of Anise Gallery’s new exhibition this Saturday evening, 20th April 2013 at the Anise Gallery in London.  There are some amazing artists contributing and am very proud to be presenting alongside them
(that’s me in last place; bottom right!).

In particular I’d like to mention Sachiyo Nishimura’s photography.  I’ve attached an image from her ‘2012 Landscape/Fiction 14-15‘ series.  The geometric beauty she pulls out of neglected spaces in our cities is wonderful. I’m a big fan of ‘lines’ (usually ink lines) and it’s lovely to see the visual complexity and catenary’s of overhead cables being appreciated.

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