Catching up on a few things I've been up to recently - here's a spot illustration I did for the Poetry Society's member's paper Poetry News.
Tote bag for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The illustration features their Georgian HQ in Spital Square, East London. Was really nice to be asked to work on this project.
These bags are available from the SPAB. Find out more about what they do at www.spab.org.uk.
107 Charing Cross Road, formerly Central St Martins - and location of the Sex Pistols first gig - now flagship store of Foyles bookshop. The store moved from their longstanding location, where they were based for over a century, to their current 1930s building in 2014.
While cycling past recently, I noticed how striking the light was on the the upper windows, as well as the art deco architecture, and was compelled to come back and draw. I set up directly opposite the building, on a slightly drizzly day, under the canopy of a local Soho massage establishment. They didn't seem to mind me drawing outside fortunately, and the partial covering helped keep most of the weather off. If you look closely at the brickwork in the picture you can see little specks of rain in the watercolour.
As interesting as the building is, I think the people going about daily life under the lights of the shopfront were as engaging to draw in a way - waiting for buses, browsing books, hurrying past each other. For me personally, I feel that people are often what make an architectural scene interesting to draw, as they give context and a human element to the subject matter.
This picture is now available as a limited edition, signed giclée print, and is on my Etsy shop here if you are interested. The original watercolour and ink drawing is also available - please get in touch with me at email@example.com if you would like details.
I was commissioned by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings - SPAB for short - to illustrate their beautiful Georgian headquarters, on location, in Spitalfields.
The SPAB was co-founded by William Morris and Philip Webb in 1877, and has since been devoted to the protection of historic buildings in the UK and elsewhere.
It was really nice to be asked, as I admire their cause as a charitable organisation - and also because I love drawing interesting buildings, many of which they aim to preserve.
The black and white line illustration is going to be used on a run of canvas bags and postcards - the second of which have been produced already. Will update when the bags come in!
As a side note - this was drawn on a chilly day in February. I was only kept warm by several cups of tea and ample jammie dodger supplies courtesy of the SPAB...
You can find out more about SPAB and what they do here: www.spab.org.uk
Opened in 1911 as the Electric Pavilion, the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton is one of London's earliest purpose-built cinemas. I've had a bit of a fascination with drawing the front of the building in recent years, having painted it a couple of times since their 100th anniversary in 2011. On a bright day recently, it seemed like a good place to start a new set of Brixton related pictures.
I think my favourite aspect of drawing the Ritzy might be the tangled web of chained up bicycles always in front of the Cinema. I'm a recent convert to cycling in London myself and have been devising ways of strapping a large portfolio to my back along with carrying a stool and all my art materials. As I was leaving, someone unlocking their bicycle noticed my set-up and worryingly said, "that's almost as bad as the time I cycled home with an ironing board!"
I've just made the picture available as a professionally produced giclée print which you can get from my Etsy shop here.
The original drawing is also available to purchase. If you are interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.