A map I designed for Herb Lester Associates has just been printed, Writing London is a guide to “a city full of stories and the people who make them.” You’re always in good hands with the guides from Herb Lester, the locations are described with wit and style (here by Sam West) and the maps are always beautifully designed. To try and keep up my end of the deal, I used the work of one of my favorites, E. McKnight Kauffer as inspiration.
Seventy locations – from Hampstead Heath to Dulwich, from Martin Amis to W.B. Yeats.
I spent last week in London with Ann Field, Clive Piercy, and a group of students from Art Center. The days were filled with museums and studio visits to Neville Brody, Michael Apted, Rob Ryan, Fernando Gutierriez, and Sir Paul Smith. The brilliant A. Richard Allen, and the wonderful Linzie Hunter came out one night to show their work and tell some stories. It was also good to spend some time with ex-pat Owen Freeman.
There should be a word for that impulse to make drawings of everyday things you see on a trip. It doesn’t happen much when you’re home. Unless I'm on an assignment, I tend to drive right by stuff that would make a good subject for a drawing in LA, or else, I take a quick photo and never look at it again. But when you’re on the road, everything seems interesting
The last two years I was invited to join a group of students from Art Center on a trip to London led by Illustration Chair Ann Field (who’s English.) We make the rounds of museums, galleries, and artist’s studios. The kids make some late-night rounds of their own. These are some drawings from my sketchbooks from the trips.
That's Jeff Smith and his Leica.
Shannon, Ann, Patrick, and Clive waiting for a cab.