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:
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:
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.
Barcelona Travel Holiday and Inspiration. I recently travelled to Barcelona for a holiday with a group of international friends. While it was a holiday, being a freelance illustrator you are not able to completely switch off. I always carry a sketchbook and pens, and it was a good opportunity to work on my Moleskine map project. I illustrated a city map of Barcelona. I picked the famous sites such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, Barcelona Cathedral and the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art.
I could see a lively creative scene in Barcelona. While waling around you can see the creativity all around you. The Gaudi architecture to the graffiti at the street level, which is all around you. I walked around the gothic quarter and the narrow lanes it was a good opportunity to take photos. I picked a selection of photos of things I saw while walking around.
I escaped to the Costa Brava with my good friends where we stayed in a villa for 5 days. It was great to get away from Barcelona for a few days and go to the beach and relax. I value the time to switch off and do nothing. I have been on holiday and had to take work with me. This comes with being freelance unfortunately, on this occasion it was pleasant to completely switch off and enjoy the holiday. I managed to squeeze in some drawing into my sketchbook.
I completed my Barcelona city map quite and also illustrated a little post it note that read hello Barcelona. I planned to go to primavera sound with a different set of friends, my first festival abroad. My expectation of Primavera sounds were beyond what I expected at its a great music festival one which I would enjoy going back to. I enjoyed going to the different venues and the line up was very impressive. I was lucky enough to see Radiohead, Beirut, Last Shadow Puppets and Beach House.
On the last day, I managed to squeeze in a little casual sightseeing, with a visit to the Picasso Gallery to see his lithographic prints. I photographed my Moleskine sketchbook and post it for my instagram feed. A great holiday destination one which I hope to return back too soon.
Basel Switzerland Day trip Moleskine Map Drawing. Basel map drawing inspired by my day trip, with 10 hours I covered The stunning Basel Minster, Kunsthalle Basel Art Gallery, Rathaus, as well as crossing the Rhine River on a pedestrian boat crossing, I also enjoying the Christmas markets that were there during the run up to Christmas. £9.99 one way flight with Ryanair from Stanstead Airport, and £19.21 one way flight from Basel to Gatwick Airport with Easyjet. Liverpool St to Stanstead Airport £19 London Gatwick to East Croydon £5.20, €14 Rtn train far fare from Basel airport to the centre, other expenses on top of travel expenses, which included lunch, and coffee. Total travel expenses £68.40
Happy New Year 2016, a bit early for some of us, the party has started in some parts 🙂 a fun short stop motion animation, 2015 was pretty good to me creatively, a lot of fun traveling and met a lot of nice people along the way, hoping 2016 is just as great #moleskine #ink #pen #illustration #draw #drawing #sketch #sketching #rotring #stationary #stationaryaddict #inkstagram #inkart #inky #sketchpad #sketchbook #sketchbookdaily #sketchoftheday #happynewyear #2016 #newyear #happy2016 #celebrate2016
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Happy Creative 2016
2015 was a good year creatively, I pushed my illustrations and drawings last year, much of which was helped by reading a self help book at the start of the Year.
Choose Yourself written by James Altucher, The book put forward many ideas on how to be more productive one of which was to write down 10 ideas a day, which I have adopted. Writing down 10 ideas day helped strengthen the way I thought up ideas, some ideas worked really well and others were cannon fodder.
I also travelled much more last year, if you follow my work, you will know I draw maps, for commercial clients as well as a lot of personal work. I started a personal project where I would pick a European city and go on a day trip to that city. The places I have traveled to include, Venice, Budapest, Berlin, Barga, Copenhagen, Dublin and Basel, for each city I drew a map in my Moleskine sketch book as well as detailed notes and drawings of places, people and things I had seen during the trip.
2014 and 2013 were difficult years for me creatively and personally, I had a lot of challenges to overcome personally such as relationships and creativity. The key thing which turned much of my challenges around was focusing on my creativity. I focused on my strengths which was drawing, I focused on drawing everyday, once I found my rhythm which was drawing maps. I started to gain interest which translated into commissions, Clients such as San Miguel, Citroen and Crabtree and Evelyn to name but a few.
I believe in not having your eggs all in one basket, and I have since been working on other projects, I have been developing a range of canvas tote bags which I have had an interest in since I had written a book about them titles The Tote Bag Book whichbwas published in 2011 by Laurence King. I have taken up interest in ceramics, which I am working on to create some new work with a view to sell, my other creative outlets include screen printing and another illustration style which is similar to paper quilling, created digitally.
I have high hopes for 2016, which include developing the work I have been creating during 2015 as well as thinking up new ideas and work.
The rationale behind the maps, read on or enjoy the short clip 🙂 I guess Id like to explain the maps which started off initially as maps of dates I would go on with a girl I was seeing at the time, the dates were fun and I wanted to capture the moments as a little memories of time as drawings in my moleskin sketch book.
The maps continued to develop into a illustrative style. I was pretty much in a transitional period, creatively and as a person. Luckily my illustration agent noticed my drawings, Thanks Ben, and liked them, and encouraged me to create more map work and drawings.
I hadn’t seriously been drawing for a very long time, and its only been 3 years since I took it up more seriously, mostly out of frustration of being sat at a computer being a vector artist, which was stifling. I was waiting for something to magically happen, I was waiting for those clients to notice and commission my work, It doesn’t work like that, I was stuck with my old vector illustration style. with few commissions coming through the door, I took control and decided to take a risk and make drastic changes.
I’m pretty lucky to kick off a new illustration style from scratch it was a risk, I guess you have to take control of things, experimenting with ideas, the maps and illustrations have been going well, recently I thought it would be fun to combine drawing and traveling into a personal project, where I can take short day trips to European cities and capture them as map drawings, while having a bit of fun at the same time.
Change is good sometimes, you have to change it up to develop and try things, if you don’t try and give things a go, you wont know where it might take you. Im also trying out being more straight talking, some of you who know me well, know id never give away so much info as I have above, if your still here, thanks for reading.
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