Thursday, 27 January 2011

Queen Victoria presents...

Back to drawing crazed buildings. More than my new year resolution it's this decade resolution to make an illustrated book of London's building characters. Wouldn't mind to have it finished this year though...

After the successful Great Exhibition of 1851 Albert, the Prince Consort, who had been much involved, proposed the construction of a Great Hall for the enjoyment of the arts and sciences. However he died of typhoid before the work was finished and Queen Victoria, deeply affected, commissioned a monument that together with this Great Hall would form a national memorial to her beloved husband.

This is the story of the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial. Although it's moving I wanted to focus on the fun 'enjoyment of the arts' side of it. Hope you like it.

Monday, 10 January 2011

The Destroyed Room + The Blackjaw + Ulises Lima

The new year has been here for only 10 days but it somehow feels we've been in it forever.

It's not that I have nostalgia for 2010 (I usually have it even for 4 hours ago), but I still have a lot of things from last year I want to post about. It's just am not a very good blogger.

I'll start with the poster I did during Christmas for The Destroyed Room who are soon touring Spain and wanted something for their next gig in Madrid. I was inspired from a picture I took many years ago of a demolished house in the Les Corts district in Barcelona. It's quite amazing the contrast between the high rise office buildings in Diagonal and the single story house bits in the streets behind. I believe they could be refurbished into great studios but instead they're being knocked down. Easy and cheap. Some are are a hundred years old...