On Drawing

For a change I thought I’d talk about the other part of my life this week (my job being the first part) – art.

Oh, don’t worry, I’m not one of those people who is going to tell you that that thing, which looks suspiciously like a pile of excrement, is in fact a comment on the transience of life*; I did a four-year Fine Art degree, during which I had quite enough of that, thank you. No, I’m primarily going to talk about it because I drew this the other week:

Skyscraper Map

Now we’re using it in order to illustrate the secret London of Tom Pollock’s Skyscraper Throne series. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of it, it took me over 24 hours (if you added each hour up into a solid block) to draw it. And yes, it is to scale. I got a lightbox to help me draw over a map and everything. I felt like a proper grown-up artist. If you get a moment, go over and check it out www.skyscraperthrone.com, because Tom has written some stuff to go with each major landmark and, let’s be honest, the man can write.


* If in doubt, know that everything in modern art can be linked back to the transience of life – a little tip for you there.

P.S. *Shameless plug alert* If you fancy looking at other things that I draw, or some of my book-related art, or you are just plain bored, you can check out my new shop at www.onemagpie.bigcartel.com or my facebook www.facebook.com/onemagpie.


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