Wednesday, July 27, 2011

London: Land of Pints, Pubs & Pounds

It's been a while since I last blogged but I promise I have a good excuse! I've been furiously busy making this map for They Draw and Travel :) I have such a new-found respect for map illustrators - it really is quite an art! It was a lot of fun to do and really made me dream of walking the streets of London again!! (Click to see the map infinitely bigger!)

Here are some process pics..

A lot of the typography I hand drew and designed, 
like this 'London' and 'Buckingham Palace'

I also had a typeface I made a while ago, knocking around that I hadn't quite found a good place to use yet. That was, until this map :) I'm still trying to find a good name for it; in the meantime I've entitled it "Primrose" as it has really come to remind me a lot of London - the modern, minimalist lines versus the old fashioned, almost Victorian ligatures - London being very modern while at the same time having a lot of really old, beautiful buildings. :) You can see it dotted around on the map.

Work in progress..I quite like this crop :)

You can check out the map at They Draw and Travel:

And while you're there, take a looksee at the gorgeous map my wonderful sister did of Venice :)

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Map featured here:

LanaLou Style, 27 July, 2012

Travel Between the Pages, 23 January 2012

UOL Antena, 2011, 14 September 2011

The Travel Eater, 1 December 2011

We Heart It, 2011


  1. This is such a fun piece to look at! I love all the unique, colorful little details. And you're very talented with fonts!

  2. Thanks Laurie for your kind comments :) I think I'm going to still improve on it though, there's actually so much more I wanted to do, but ran out of time!! :/ Glad you like my type :D xoxo

  3. It´s really great! It´s certainly one of my favorites

  4. Ah thank you Medusa, really appreciate it :) I love your Paris map too! It makes me wish to go back again!! *sigh* You have visited Paris too?

  5. Wow, Robin, this is so delightful! Great to see how inspired you have been by your holiday! It's beautiful!

  6. love this brilliant colours, composition and very amusing :)

  7. Ah thanks Monique & Reginald! Glad you like it! It was really fun to do :D

  8. In the middle on my insomnia. Got into your blog, I love what I am seeing. Your process is amazing especially on your graphics and fonts:) Wow, you got London spot on there. I wish you'd seen more. Any chance you going to have that in canvas print soon? Would love to own one.

  9. Hello,

    my name is Kasia and I come from Polish.
    On the website i found this your picture of London.

    My sister once had the opportunity to be in this town and she is in love with London. I would like to do for my sister's Christmas gift for her and print out an image in a very large format.

    To order a picture of such a file is necessary to have better quality. I would like to ask whether you have such a large format of this graphic and you may be willing to send it to me.

    Please contact me


  10. Hi! I'm Gaia from Italy. I'm an illustrator too and I'm actually very busy drawing a map for "draw and travel" too! :) I'm illustrating Venice! I saw your map of London. I like it very much! I wish you good job and a nice day.

  11. I do love this, you know why! Here is where I publish it some mouth ago! :) Good luck for everything!! :D