Train tracks
Light Cube

Mapping the city

Check out this incredible hand-drawn map of London by Jenni Sparks.  The giant map depicts the city’s neighbourhoods and highlights specific shops, theatres, pubs, local markets and generally cool places to discover in the city.

It took her over 100 hours and two months of solid “endurance drawing”.  The map was commissioned by Evermade that wanted to create a map that reflects the London that people from the city are loving in 2012, a change from the usual tourist attraction maps.

You can get one here in different sizes for £ 130 or £ 75.

Paul Noble, Welcome to Nobson

From Gagosian Gallery press release of his last show in 2011:

Noble’s intricate graphite drawings describe Nobson Newtown, a place composed of labyrinthine edifices and deserted topography embedded with modules of dense detail. Employing cavalier projection—a cartographical method characterized by a high viewpoint—Noble meticulously delineates a wealth of elaborate architecture and open urban spaces. These phantasmagorical landscapes allude to sources as diverse as ancient Chinese scrolls, Fabergé eggs, Henry Moore’s sculptures, and paintings by Hieronymus Bosch. The encrypted fictions of Nobson Newtown are dizzyingly complex—visual articulations of the tensions between disorder, perversion, and logical schema.

"I use the devices of technical drawing. These devices help shine the sharpest light on the things I depict. I am against hierarchies and perspective. I arrange the objects of my drawings on a spatial plane using cavalier projection. The origins of this projection lay in military cartography - fore, mid and background are got rid of and everything depicted is equally close and far. The viewer becomes the architect and the drawing, an architectural plan. He or she is no longer earthbound but hovers like an angel over the described scene, taking in the entire design.

I was raised on the north-east coast of England, and this has conditioned my aesthetic. I think like the flat, grey skies of wintery Whitley Bay - tonally. I use very hard pencils, very rarely softer than 4H. Sometimes the pencils are so hard it seems they would rather scratch a hole in the paper than give up their pale graphite.” - Paul Noble

The Guardian, “Artist Paul Noble on how he draws”

The Guardian, “Life in Paul Noble’s excremental city”

The Arts Desk, “Paul Noble: Welcome to Nobson”

Artist’s page on Gagosian Gallery’s website