My latest book, New York Sketchbook, aims to bring the city to life through over 200 colour illustrations and artworks. It functions partly as a guide book, with an edit of selected places to experience, and partly as a travel journal documenting my responses to the city. I hope it will also inspire readers to go and explore with a sketchbook and art materials themselves.
The book was created through a process of drawing on location through all four seasons, relishing New York's atmosphere, glamour and distinctive style. It's the third book in a series following on from Paris Sketchbook and London Sketchbook, which won the V&A Museum's Book Illustration Award in 2016.
Each book is created using a combination of media including collage, pencil, paint, ink and Photoshop to create the artwork and page layouts. For New York as with all my 'city sketchbooks' the emphasis is on authenticity and reportage first, followed by a dose of artistic imagination. I write all the text and nothing is included unless I have personally experienced it. My goal is to transport the reader, visitor to the city, or 'armchair traveller' on an enjoyable tour of the Big Apple.
Here are my 5 essentials: