Drawing the SPAB

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

Drawing the Ritzy Cinema


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 mail@jamesoses.co.uk to get in touch.