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London by Hand

Illustrator Jenni Sparks' impressively detailed map of "The Big Smoke"

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 01 June 2012

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With a keen eye for details, illustrator Jenni Sparks recently completed a hand drawn map of little old London town. Produced in collaboration with fellow London-based art print retailer Evermade, this exceptionally drawn map leaves no ground uncovered. Sparks follows the city's precise geography by way of the Tube, introducing a world of black and white buildings amongst intricately drawn and cleverly labeled landmarks.

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Penciled in between the Thames and other bright parks and waterways, one will find architectural icons like Foster and Partner's pickle-shaped Swiss Re Tower and the beloved Big Ben, as well as a few locales only soccer supporters may notice—Fulham F.C.'s Craven Cottage and Arsenal's home of Highbury. Ultimately, it's a map of Sparks' London, and she has made sure to include quirky details like celebrity birthplaces, local markets and her favorite pubs.


Sparks' hand-sketched maps are now available in two sizes as a professional giclée print. Both can be found exclusively through Evermade online for 130€ and 75€, respectively. To see more illustrations and graphic design by Sparks check her personal website.


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