was a commission from a private client to create an accurate waterclour of this seven hundred year old building, now a hotel. Done from photographs on 140Ib Arches NOT watercolour paper at about A3 size
recently completed for a friend's birthday. The lighting was the most important element in this view and the cast shadows work as depth codes in helping to define the third dimension as, in this case, the viewer's position is perpendicular to the building's façade. 275 x 416 mm watercolour over pencil on 140Ib Arches NOT.
Sometimes an ink line is all that is needed - I really admire the penmanship of American architectural illustrators of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as all those illustrators published in Punch magazine. My "bible" is Rendering in Pen and Ink by Guptill which I still use as reference in my teaching.
About 5 years ago I was commissioned to produce several illustrations for a book commemorating the tercentenery of the Sir John Cass Foundation. One illustration was of the SJC's Foundation Primary School in Aldgate. I have just completed the very same view for the second time which was presented to the headteacher on his retirement. The second version is at the top which I feel I have improved on the original by increasing contrast and cast shadows and by darkening the slate roof - not much in it otherwise. This commission was a first for me (or should I say second!)
Just completed the first illustration of four London buildings commissioned by a private client. This is the Bishopsgate Institute designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and established in 1895. It's one of three major buildings that Townsend designed in the Arts and Crafts style, the other two being Whitechapel Gallery and the Horniman Museum. My client wanted the artwork as large as I could work comfortably and this measures 600mm x 320mm.
This is the poster that Julia Moszowicz and I had designed by two 3rd year graphics students at Solent School of Art, Lilly Marfy and Oliver Russell: thanks both - a great job! It was for a poster presentation at the recent illustration conference "The Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge" at the Pitt Rivers in Oxford. Julia and I intend to pursue the theme of linking topographical illustration with Michel Foucault's Heterotopia and hope to give a paper later in the year. The quote on the poster makes more sense when I tell you that it refers to a view in a mirror. The illustrations are taken from a sketch and painting I did of Stokesay Castle.