St Pauls

On my many trips to Tate Modern (most recently to see the wonderful Matisse exhibition), more often than not I walk across Millennium Bridge. When leaving the Tate the view of St Paul’s always blows me away, with one of my favourite places, the Barbican, just beside it. I thought it about time I created a piece specifically devoted to St Paul’s, although it has featured before as part of my larger skylines.St-Pauls

More London and More Shard

Walking along More London Place, I was struck by the geometry of the view of the Shard against the surrounding buildings.

I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the natural trees against the epic buildings.

Shard

A view of London fit for a King

Over the summer I was lucky enough to visit the London offices of King, makers of the legendary/infamous casual game Candy Crush Saga. King are based at Central St Giles, the Renzo Piano designed complex near Tottenham Court Road, and they occupy the top floor of the building. The office comes complete with a fantastic roof terrace for staff use.

The offices are impressive but the view from the terrace itself is breathtaking. There are many iconic London vistas but the King view really struck me in that there are very few opportunities to see in all directions from a good height right in the center of London. The offices have 360 degree views of London and on a clear day it feels like every corner of the city is visible.

A 360 degree panorama may be a project for another day but I had to take an opportunity to capture the roof terrace looking south, across Covent Garden. The result is the image below, which takes in the view from the City to the east, through to the Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House and west to the Houses of Parliament.

I’m really pleased with the results and am working on an additional colourway as well. In the meantime, this print will be ready to buy as a limited edition run in time for the Designers/Makers Christmas Market at the Southbank Centre which I’ll be appearing at between 20th and 22nd December. Hurrah!

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View from King's London office

The breathtaking view from King’s London office roof terrace

London from the sky!

Taking inspiration from the cable car located at North Greenwich and Royal Victoria, this is a slightly different perspective of London.

It was a beautifully clear day when I went, so the sky was very clear. I loved the idea of looking through the delicate wires of the Dome to the tall blocky style of Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf & O2 Air Line View

Illustrative Map

Helen Yardley recently commissioned me to draw an illustrative map for the contact page. It was a great commission, with some fun simplified illustrations including The Shard, The Fashion and Textile Museum, Borough Market and The White Cube. Just the type of thing I love doing!

HY Location Map

London patterns

I spend a lot of time travelling across London on the underground and never without a pen and paper; I am often doodling patterns in a little notebook. I thought it was about time I did something constructive with the patterns, so I have come up with three London-centric cards featuring 3 iconic London buildings: The Gherkin, St Paul’s and Battersea Power Station. As an aside, over the years I have had lots of requests to do more images involving Battersea Power Station, so I hope this is the first of many!

Still working on different colour ways, but these greeting cards should be available to buy before Christmas. I am considering whether these might work as a limited edition screen print as well, so watch this space.

Gherkin

Battersea Power station

Collage card 1

Gherkin Detail

On a walk around the city I saw these two trees against the Gherkin. The gentle organic shape and texture of the trees against the geometric architecture of the Gherkin really appealed, and I saw the opportunity to create an image. I chose the autumnal colours to signify the end of a gorgeous summer and the beginning of hopefully a glorious Autumn.

Should be available to buy as a card or print soon, but feel free to get in touch if you are interested.

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High Rise London: a Triptych

I have just finished the last piece in a three part commission of some of London’s most iconic high rise buildings for a private client.

Initially, the commission was just for one drawing, depicting the Strata building in Elephant & Castle which the client wanted printed on canvas. It was the first time that I have had something printed onto canvas and I was really pleased with the result. The image wrapped around the stretched canvas and was printed at 70cm high.

Strata

Strata (the first of three canvases)

A few weeks later, I was delighted to hear the client come back to me requesting a second canvas of the Gherkin building. As they were familiar with the image from my popular Gherkin greetings card, they were happy with a tweaked version in a similar palette range.

Gherkin

Gherkin (the second of three canvases)

Finally, the third of the images was the iconic Shard. I was chuffed to bits to be commissioned to do a drawing of the Shard as it was great to have an excuse to draw it, especially as I’d watched it grow into the London skyline from our old flat in Hackney.

Shard

The Shard (the final of the three canvases)

It isn’t often I am asked to do a triptych, so this was a really enjoyable process and I’m really pleased with the results, as is the client. All together, they looked like this:

Building-Commission

A Triptych of 3 of London’s skyline hits.

I’ll definitely be doing more canvas based prints from here on but my next project is some bespoke, handmade London themed calendars which I’m rather excited about. Watch this space for more details in due course.