A trip to the British Library to see the exhibition of maps ‘Maps and the 20th Century – Drawing the Line’ before it closed (March 3rd 2017) seemed like a suitable finish to my ‘Hand Drawn Maps’ book for Thames and Hudson (although the cover is interminably still in progress – often the last part
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Its been a while since I last wrote. But mainly these past few months have been taken up by more writing. Not for a blog though, but for a book about hand drawn maps. The book deal was signed in late July and I hit the ground running as the deadline was mid October giving
I am closely connected with Onca Gallery in Brighton and I often mention the organisation in my blog posts. Onca is an unusual contemporary art space supported by the Arts Council focussing on conservation and the environment. ONCA says the following about themselves: ‘Our mission is to cultivate environmental and human health through the arts.
Musicians are great to draw and paint and throughout my career I keep coming back to them at one point or another. I was recently asked by Philippe Debongnie, a Belgian illustrator, to contribute an image to his website www.jazzanddraw.com . Inspired by his love of jazz, it’s a collaborative but curated venture involving images
The following is adapted from an article I wrote recently (as yet physically unpublished) about how traditional maps are important in reminding us of our relationship with the environment. I am an established illustrator and artist – I have been published in over 30 books but in the past few years my fine art practice,
On a very wet and gloomy Saturday morning in February, I took the tube to Bank Station in the heart of the city in London. Usually teaming with suits and umbrellas, the rain-polished streets were eerily empty, giving me a chance to look up and appreciate the beautiful, palely plastered architecture. I’ve never fully noticed
The art of Pscychogeography has always interested me and walks comfortably hand in hand with my maps. Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.” And that is what interests
The following post is adapted from a short talk I gave to first year fine art students at Loughborough University about using sketchbooks. I use sketchbooks on a daily basis to help me make my paintings and maps. They’re a place to plan, play and practice. Work in my sketchbooks is always in beta format
Earlier this year, Onca Centre for Arts and Ecology, based in Brighton commissioned me to illustrate some promotional material for them – a series of four postcards that could also be read as a panoramic whole. Each postcard would be able to work independently as an image but put together, show the way to Onca.
I was commissioned by musician and performance artist, Ingrid Plum to create a map as album artwork for her debut , Plangent. The map needed to show the journey Ingrid made creating the album, the instruments used and also the people who supported her musically on each track along the way. Travelling between the