The London Mural is a striking hand-drawn black and white line illustration, capturing the essence of London through its iconic landmarks and notable figures, including The Shard, The Gherkin, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Cheese Grater, David Bowie, and the Queen.
This mural, known as the London Greeting, draws its inspiration from the charming aesthetics of retro destination postcards. The creative spark was ignited by the distinctive typography found on vintage postcards. The concept behind this artwork was to seamlessly weave London’s renowned landmarks into the city’s typography, enhancing the overall dynamism and cohesiveness of the composition.
As an artist with a portfolio of murals, the desire was to expand into new artistic realms. To bring the London Postcard illustration to life, a novel technique was employed. The initial illustration was transferred onto clear acetate sheets and then projected onto a sizable canvas within the living room. Using pencil lines, the contours and details of the artwork were meticulously traced over.
Subsequently, a time-lapse video was created to capture the entire process of rendering the illustration using a black Posca pen. The endeavour demanded a day and a half of dedicated effort. This artistic journey proved to be an enlightening experience, not only in terms of skill development but also in realising a natural talent for this style of illustration. The end result was a source of immense satisfaction, perfectly aligning with the initial vision and showcasing the potential evolution of the artist’s distinctive style.