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Bright Lights, Big City

Having recently finished a role working in property marketing, I’ve got a newly-ignited curiosity about the city I live in, and cities in general. I’ve seen some amazing cityscapes on my travels around the, umm…Internet, so here they are! Ben Thomas LondonTilt Shift New York Ben ThomasBen Thomas San FranciscoPhotographer Ben Thomas uses tilt shift in his photographs to make the urban sprawl of London, New York and San Francisco look like mere children’s toys.

Patrick Vale NYC DrawingsThe Shard Patrick ValePatrick Vale is an architectural illustrator whose washes of colour are beautifully defined by thick black outlines. I love his combination of stylised panache and intricate detail.

East London Abigail Daker St Pauls Cathedral Abigail DakerTrafalgar Square Abigail DakerAbigail Daker keeps thing simple with her monochrome line drawings of London, which are amazingly precise. She also specialises in hand-drawn maps, which she has produced for the likes of Winkworth estate agents and Viking River Cruises.

Laura Oldfield Ford Brutalist estateWapping Laura Oldfield FordLaura Oldfield Ford‘s neon-smeared sketches aren’t so all-embracing of the city’s built environment. Her subject matter is mainly the urban squalor of council estates, or the dystopian rundown areas under threat from regeneration and new developments – which she has branded ‘yuppiedrones’.

Mak Lascelles Thornton Happiness Machine London Mak Lascelles Thornton Happiness MachineIn contrast to Oldfield Ford’s stance, Mark Lascelles Thornton‘s ‘Happiness Machines’ series focuses on the hyper futuristic London landscape that dominates The City, with more and more Manhattan-like corporate skyscrapers springing up in the financial district each year. I really like the flashes of colour in his tight pen drawings, and think that skyscrapers possess a kind of terrifying beauty.

Kinetica GIF!

Kinetica AnimationThese are some photographs I took at Kinetica Art Fair back in March. I wanted an excuse to play around with the GIF Maker on 15 Folds using my own photographs; these images were perfect because I could easily align the spheres to be the same size on Photoshop.

The Black Angels Tour Posters

Back Angels VancouverMatt Cliff Black AngelsBlack Angels Matt CliffBlack Angels HoustonBlack Angels TexasBlack Angels TucsonBlack Angels PortlandBlack Angels CaliforniaBlack Angels San FranciscoBlack Angels DallasGorgeous gig posters for The Black Angels – so many different variations for each location on the American tour. These are all by Matt Cliff, who got in touch with me after I originally posted about how much I liked the branding for the new album and The Black Angels’ Facebook cover.

Margaret Thatcher, Illustrated

Whatever you think of Margaret Thatcher, you can’t deny that she was an inspirational woman. For me, she inspires a kind of hatred, but I’m not going to go into that because I’ve spent the past few days talking about The Iron Lady and – to be perfectly honest – I’m tired of hearing about her. Having said that, I do like these illustrations of olde ‘Maggie’ by various artist types, so I’m posting them as a cynical attempt to get more hits on my blog. Sorry if you have arrived here expecting political commentary and debate – perhaps you should read this excellent piece by Russell Brand for The Huffington Post instead? However, if you’re into pictures of former British Prime Ministers…then you’re in luck!ImageTory Bachelor Wallpaper, by Matt Mclaren.

Margaret Thatcher Katelyn LizardiMargaret Thatcher, by Katelyn Lizardi.

Margaret Thatcher by Riot InkMargaret Thatcher, by Riot Ink.

Margaret Thatcher VinkoMargaret Thatcher, by Vinko Illustration.

ImageThe Iron Lady, by Matt Blease.

The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

ImageThe Black Angels have a new album out next week, and the artwork that goes with it is all so fitting and perfect. The psychedelic line drawings evoke Wes Wilson’s classic ’60s gig posters, and the brown parcel paper texture really emphasises that beautiful hand-drawn aesthetic.ImageImageI’ve tried to find out who the illustrator is, but I’ve not had any luck. If anyone knows who the work is by, please feel free to comment and let me know. Thanks!

Edit: The work is by the very talented Matt Cliff, who unfortunately doesn’t have a website. Thanks for getting in touch, Matt!

Trip The Light Fantastic

Jessica Eaton Rainbow CubeJessica Eaton PhotographyJessica Eaton Colour WheelThese vibrant compositions aren’t abstract paintings or prints – they are photographs! The pictures were taken by Montreal-based photographer Jessica Eaton, who uses a method called ‘additive colour separation’ to create these effects. By photographing blocks using motion blur or stepped multiple exposures, Eaton causes the blocks to blend together. There is no digital trickery involved, either. Although Eaton says that digital photography and Photoshop helped her to conceive her work, she uses an analogue 4×5 large format camera.

Kim Pimmel Light StudiesKim Pimmel ExperimentalKim Pimmel Long ExposureWhile the solidity of Jessica Eaton’s pieces make them really intriguing, these light studies by Kim Pimmel possess a fluid movement that works well with the translucency of the neon lights. The San Franciscan UI designer and photographer creates mesmerising long exposure light photographs. To achieve these images, Pimmel uses common objects and simple technology; such as LEDs, phone screens and ping pong balls. More of his light studies are on Flickr, but you should definitely watch his ‘Light Drive‘ video – a stop motion sequence of his light study photographs.

Broadway By Light

Broadway by LightThis 1958 avant-garde film, ‘Broadway by Light’, was the first film made by acclaimed American photographer and filmmaker, William Klein. The short feature shows the dizzying lights and logos that dominate Times Square and illuminate one of New York’s most iconic locations. ‘Broadway by Light’ was declared by Orson Welles to be, “The first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary.”