Moleskine Sketchbook inky Map Drawing of Madrid. Full of vibrancy and life, Madrid is a bustling city and a delight to all of the senses. This energetic city is rife with culture, stunning architecture and natural beauty. While on my daytrip to Madrid, I visited:
Described as “the most absorbing city on Earth”, Paris is a city for lovers of culture, cuisine and art. I was eager to explore the City of Lights, taking in its beauty during my day trip by visiting five different locations:
Wine Region Map of Chinon France. Gallimard approached me about designing a map of the Chinon region in France. The client wanted an illustration for a youth edition of its travel guide, that is accurate and detailed enough to serve as an educational reference.
The editorial team at Gallimard’s provided a list of places of interest to be depicted on the map, such as:
Gallimard’s travel guides are known for being very visual, including plenty of illustrations that provide readers with a better understanding of the area they plan to visit. They offer an in-depth look at the history, traditions, nature, art and architecture of each area, with graphics to enhance the guide and ensure that it can be read before, during and after a trip.
My illustration will be included on pages 28 and 29 in the section about the history of La Rabelaise.
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Moleskine inky Map drawing of Prague City, with diverse architecture across the city, breath-taking views and a thriving art scene, Prague is an exciting destination for any avid traveller. During my time in this extraordinary city, I explored six destinations:
I was commissioned Scholastic UK to illustrate a map for Alice Broadway’s upcoming young adult novel, INK, which is set in a dystopian world similar to The Hunger Games. It was my goal to create a piece that complemented the tone and narrative of her novel while adding my own visual interpretation of her words.
There are many fictional locations that the publishing house wanted depicted on the map, including:
INK is the first novel in a trilogy which is set in a world where people must be tattooed with their own life stories. When they die, their skin is made into a book. The first book in Broadway’s series is about a woman named Leora who wants to ensure that her father is remembered forever after his death. However, when his book is confiscated, she discovers a dark secret and she is left to wonder if she really knew him at all.
“The idea is hugely, darkly compelling – a world where every action and deed is marked on your skin and nothing can go unnoticed,” says Genevieve Herr, Commissioning Editor at Scholastic UK. “But it’s Alice’s execution that is extraordinary – her writing is so accomplished and beautiful, and her world is so rich, that we believe in it absolutely. I’m so excited to have acquired Ink and can’t wait to work on it with Alice.”
With such an innovative idea from a talented new author, it was my duty to create an illustration in line with her vision. The map appears in the first few pages of INK, so readers can flip back to the beginning and reference it any time. INK is now available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon.
Optimum Magazine Typographic London Fashion Special Feature. The editor from Optimum magazine which, circulates in France got in touch after seeing my detailed maps. The magazine featured a special UK issue for November 2016, and it features a section on London fashion.
The 9 page feature is accompanied by illustrated typographic map of London, and the map must also represent 5 London neighborhoods, Soho, East End, Knightsbridge, Camden and Kensington. On each neighborhood you will also find 5 fashion related address which are the points of interest for each London neighborhood.
The bastion of trendy / socialite
1 / Lock & Co: the hatter who sat sartoriale the reputation of the neighborhood. Winston, Admiral Nelson and Queen Elizabeth went there. You’re next on the list. 6 St James’s Street
2 / Dover Street Market: the Mecca of British pointed (and very below 30 years). successful concept exported NY, Ginza and Beijing, designed by Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons). 18-22 Haymarket
3 / Arts Club: one of the biggest clubs for gentlemen London landmark fashion heavyweights wildlife and the London Stock Exchange. The address in which to see and be seen, basically. 40 Dover Street
4 / Turnbull & Asser: Shop where to cut the liner notes of the obligatory pilgrimage. It is all about the blue sky, like that of Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. 71-72 Jermyn Street
5 / Matches Fashion: because to transform a shop in global e-commerce platform, we had a little more than two healthy well supplied. An unavoidable and confidential address that Selfridges. 87 Marylebone High Street
The Eldorado bobo
1 / Late Night Chameleon Cafe: the sacrosanct concept stores dedicated to men, accessible only by appointment. Lanvin to MCAO, via a vinyl Clay Pedrini and a collection of works by David Hockney, one finds there absolutely everything. 18 Shacklewell Lane
2 / Hostem: a cornerstone of Old Nichol Street, the new fashionable street where the wearing of khaki parka is mandatory. Between two Korean labels nestles a piece Loewe, an alternative magazine or an erotic lithograph. A must to blend in with the local wildlife. 28 Old Nichol Street
3 / Shoreditch House: the appointment select bobo trendy version in which to enjoy a detox juice from Alexa Chung and Alex Dellal are routine. Invest the rooftop with views of the City in the summer. 1 Ebor Street
4 / Huckle the Barber: one swears by the magic scissors Chris, the big guy in imposing beard who opened the shop. Enjoy being in the corner for you to refresh the hair. 340 Old Street
5 / Sunspel: the cream of British underwear, already adopted by George Clooney and David Beckham. In addition, the label is renowned for the impeccable cut of his pique polo shirt. 5 Redchurch Street
The bankers bling ring
1 / Czech & Speake: the Aladdin’s cave for the buck anxious to keep its classic shaving ritual. A shaving-set Oxford Cambridge ultra design later and beard shines like never. 54 Pimlico Road
2 / Harrods: even if his reputation is more to sit, Harrod’s is the only place in London where a helicopter and buy a bag in crocodile is a floor apart. A grand-store used superlatives. 87-135 Brompton Road
3 / Edward Sexton: address, some more eccentric than its counterparts Savile Row would make a beatnik both undermined the Duke of Windsor himself. A classic suit but not shaving for a penny. 26 Beauchamp Place
4 / Smythson: we went there for the inimitable accessories in leather, the book in card game case. But for there to spy the all-London, which it supplies regularly. 141-142 Sloane Street
5 / American Bar sacred 8th top 10 best bars in the world, the American Bar Stafford worth seeing. One for his White Mouse to die for. Two for his guest-list that would fade most prominent baron of the night. 16 St James’s Place
punks dog area
1 / Cyberdog: Camden Town institution where techno-ravers and cyberpunk réassortent their stock of fluorescent t-shirts and other accessories barred. The design of the shop is worth the trip alone. 1 Chalk Farm Road
2 / Rokit: canonized by the fashion elite of the capital, it is the vintage shop par excellence. Between 501 wide cut, it is not uncommon to find an old tweed blazer Burberry stuck between two pairs of penny loafers brand new. A must. 225 Camden High Street
3 / The Elephants Head: sex, drugs, rock’n’roll invested for this pub, after dark, by local specimens unleashed. An amber Guinness and to take it off again. 224 Camden High Street
4 / Doppio Coffee Warehouse: halfway between a 100% espresso shop and a lounge for sores in the making, the Doppio Coffee holds a selection of machines that would dream the most experienced baristas. Most ? Behind the shop is served one of the best grain in the city. 177 Kentish Town Road
5 / A Dandy in Aspic: the haunt of nostalgic pure juice dandyism, where the heir poplin shirt was starched collar still period. Without robbing the store, go there is a good way to revise its fashion culture. Chalk Farm Road
The square aristo
1 / Mr Hare: go to preferred server of a drive-in in Spanish shoemaker Robert Downey Jr and Javier Bardem? This is done for Marc Hare, which dominates the London pavement since 2012 with his Mr Hare brand. 178a Westbourne Grove
2 / Chiltern Firehouse: absolutely must address the all-London, where private parties, and business lunches follow each other relentlessly. A step that is difficult to zap, since you are inevitably will go once during your stay. 1 Chiltern Street
3 / Couverture & The Garbstore: an ultra-trendy spot and pointed right neighborhood aristo is unheard of. Yet once pushed the door, we would sell our souls for a Palace shirt. 188 Kensington Park Road
4 / The Shop at Bluebird: totally fitting with its customers, The Shop at Bluebird offers an impressive selection of labels in the wind, neat and preppy style strand. Chic. 350 King’s Road
5 / Margaret Howell: even if the label is based in Paris there some time, come back with a mohair sweater purchased in one of the historic shops of the brand worth. Just for show. 111 Fulham Road
British GQ Magazine David Hockney Los Angels Map Drawing. I was approached by an editor for GQ magazine to draw a map of Los Angeles iconic sites. In addition with visual reference within the sketch of David Hockney sites – eg the Museum of Modern Art, LA Louver Gallery and The Hotel Rousevelt.
LA has many well recognized stylized ‘LA’ typographic signage for example like the Beverly Hills hotel, Rousevelt, Hollywood the Hollywood Sign.
I was given a list of other points of interests to include into the LA map which also included, Venice Beach, Lawry’s ‘Prime Rib’ (a nice big piece of Prime Rib was drawn for fun to represent this)
The map was loosely drawn, and a representation of LA, which the client preferred, the full list of the locations for the map drawing are below
Hockney’s Los Angeles
Travel and Leisure Magazine Buffalo Moleskine Food Map. Travel and Leisure magazine approached me to illustrate a food map of Buffalo City. Buffalo city is upstate and the second largest city in the New York state. Buffalo city has been undergoing a city development boosted by funding. Travel and Leisure magazine invited me to illustrate for their readers. A guide map show casing new and established restaurants in the buffalo area.
The map brief from Travel and Leisure magazine asked me to illustrate in my particular pen and ink detailed style. This was the first time I was asked to draw a map in a moleskine. I then planned to photograph the map to be published for the Travel and Leisure article. I was a an interesting element to my illustration process.
The list from the magazine editor consisted primarily of restaurants, which were to be illustrated for the magazine article. It was interesting as the illustrator to get to know a city I have never traveled to through my illustration of it.
Maps are a good tool to translate real world information into a graphic form that can be easily understood by someone who reads the map. The reader can extract the map information to guide them to their desired destination efficiently. In the age of Smart phones that have digital map apps that guide you, map reading skills are In a slow decline.
I feel tangible maps you can hold and feel will always have a important place in the world. I think its important to keep maps as we have always needed them from maps which had been produced hundreds of years ago to present day map.