Mapping the Thames

This weekend has been an extremely busy one, not least because I've had confirmation of a really exciting commission!

I don't want to say too much about what it's for until I've made a bit more progress, but I've been asked to produce an illustrated map of the River Thames.

Now, I have ALWAYS wanted to draw maps. When I was at school I wanted to be a cartographer. The fact that maps can be both attractive and functional interests me and the detail really appeals to my love of intricacy.

So, when I got asked to submit a small sample for consideration, I jumped at the chance.

This is just an example of a tiny section of the map and it's going to be changed slightly, but you get the idea.

Thames illustrated map

I decided to use watercolours because I love the way they highlight the texture of the paper (and they're so fun to paint with)!

Thames illustrated map

I had a go at painting Windsor Castle, using some of the same techniques as I use in my doodles.

watercolour painting of Windsor Castle


I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed doing these paintings and I'm so excited about getting stuck into this project.

It's the first time in a while that my drawing board has actually looked like there's some drawing going on! Today I've been sketching out the curves of the river, which is definitely easier said than done.

drawing board

I've invested in some new Winsor & Newton watercolours as I used my old school set for these paintings and thought it was about time I get a 'grown up' set! I felt like a child in a sweet shop buying these!

winsor and newton watercolours

Back to the drawing board now!

If you'd like to follow this project as it progresses, please follow my blog using one of the buttons on the right and pop over to my Facebook page where I'll be posting regular updates.

I'm sharing this post on the following blogs:  Handmade Harbour and Paint Party Friday.

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Clare Willcocks: Mapping the Thames

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Mapping the Thames

This weekend has been an extremely busy one, not least because I've had confirmation of a really exciting commission!

I don't want to say too much about what it's for until I've made a bit more progress, but I've been asked to produce an illustrated map of the River Thames.

Now, I have ALWAYS wanted to draw maps. When I was at school I wanted to be a cartographer. The fact that maps can be both attractive and functional interests me and the detail really appeals to my love of intricacy.

So, when I got asked to submit a small sample for consideration, I jumped at the chance.

This is just an example of a tiny section of the map and it's going to be changed slightly, but you get the idea.

Thames illustrated map

I decided to use watercolours because I love the way they highlight the texture of the paper (and they're so fun to paint with)!

Thames illustrated map

I had a go at painting Windsor Castle, using some of the same techniques as I use in my doodles.

watercolour painting of Windsor Castle


I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed doing these paintings and I'm so excited about getting stuck into this project.

It's the first time in a while that my drawing board has actually looked like there's some drawing going on! Today I've been sketching out the curves of the river, which is definitely easier said than done.

drawing board

I've invested in some new Winsor & Newton watercolours as I used my old school set for these paintings and thought it was about time I get a 'grown up' set! I felt like a child in a sweet shop buying these!

winsor and newton watercolours

Back to the drawing board now!

If you'd like to follow this project as it progresses, please follow my blog using one of the buttons on the right and pop over to my Facebook page where I'll be posting regular updates.

I'm sharing this post on the following blogs:  Handmade Harbour and Paint Party Friday.

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34 Comments:

At 26 October 2014 at 13:31 , Blogger Blue Forest Jewellery said...

How exciting to start such a great project. The first section looks great. I love the idea of highlighting the interesting places.

Have a great crafty week, Alison x

 
At 26 October 2014 at 13:32 , Anonymous Louisa said...

Wow. It's a mini work of art. #handmademonday

 
At 26 October 2014 at 13:35 , Blogger Liz said...

Well done Clare, congratulations, i am so pleased for you. To be able to do something that you have wanted to do and get paid to boot is fantastic. Will look forward to seeing how things progress, love what you have done so far xxx

 
At 26 October 2014 at 13:39 , Blogger Suze Bain said...

Wow, your work is just fabulous! Xx

 
At 26 October 2014 at 13:41 , Blogger buttons and paint... said...

Congratulations on such an exciting commission! Your sketches are beautiful - especially love the mini Windsor Castle! x

 
At 26 October 2014 at 13:46 , Blogger Fiddly Fingers said...

I bet you are having sooooo much fun. Well done you, it's great to be doing something you enjoy so much. Can't wait to see how it progresses, love Windsor Castle :)

 
At 26 October 2014 at 13:51 , Blogger TonicCheltenham said...

They look great :) I love the colours! So nice and bright :)

 
At 26 October 2014 at 14:24 , Blogger Free Spirit Designs said...

Oh my goodness, your illustrations are just gorgeous and so precise! Whoever gave you this commission made the perfect choice picking you for the job, i really look forward to getting more glimpses of the project as it develops :) x

 
At 26 October 2014 at 14:53 , Blogger Ginx Craft said...

How exciting. Put something good in for Kingston, where I live.

 
At 26 October 2014 at 15:12 , Anonymous Patchwork Fairy said...

Wonderful project and your drawings are in such a clear style it makes the map really interesting. Hope you enjoy finishing the rest of it! x

 
At 26 October 2014 at 15:22 , Blogger Lilly's Mom said...

I love your watercolor painting. It looks amazing. It sounds like you have a fun project that will keep you very busy. Enjoy your week :)

 
At 26 October 2014 at 16:41 , Blogger Julia Nyanyo said...

Oh my, honestly, could your work be any more lovely? I have family who live about a mile from the long walk leading to Windsor Castle so we visit regularly, your picture is amazing.

 
At 26 October 2014 at 22:03 , Blogger ike said...

WoWza - how exciting !! That is so brilliant and I can't wait to follow along. The Windsor Castle is divine :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

 
At 27 October 2014 at 06:50 , Blogger Beth Niquette said...

Congratulations! That is such wonderful news. Your artwork is lovely, too. It fills my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give. Such detail--I want to look--and to keep on looking.

 
At 27 October 2014 at 13:50 , Blogger Carie said...

Oh they are gorgeous illustrations and yay for a most exciting commission, it looks like it's going to be incredible :)

 
At 27 October 2014 at 15:00 , Blogger threads 'n' shreds said...

Oh my goodness what a task, but how exciting!! The Windsor section looks absolutely fantastic, and I'm looking forward to see more areas as you go xx

 
At 28 October 2014 at 11:56 , Blogger Lucy Blossom said...

How exciting, but such a mammoth task! I can't wait to watch your work progress on Facebook.

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:08 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thank you! Yes, it's great to see them stand out, I've gone around them to make them bolder too. :)

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:08 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thank you Louisa! :)

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:09 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thanks Liz, I'm so excited about it!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:09 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thanks Suze!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:10 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thank you! I'm still excited about it now!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:10 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

I am! Yippeee :D

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:11 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thanks sis! x

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:11 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thank you! I do love teeny weeny details, as you've probably guessed!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:12 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Ah! Well it'll have the two shopping centres and lots and lots of teeny weeny houses!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:12 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

I'm enjoying every little bit! Thank you!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:13 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thank you :)

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:14 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

I would love to visit myself, I've hardly been to any of these places I'm drawing! Thanks Julia :)

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:14 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thanks ike! Exciting :D

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:15 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

That really is a lovely comment, thanks Beth!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:15 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thank you Carie :)

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:15 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

I'm learning so much about the places on the Thames, really must visit some of them!

 
At 2 November 2014 at 13:16 , Blogger Clare Willcocks said...

Thanks Lucy! I know, a huuuge task but I'm really enjoying it so far!

 

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