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A Map of London

A Map of London

The first issue of SHOP magazine, the magazine of a shop in the Savoy Hotel needed an endpaper showing a map of London. Initially I did not realize what I had gotten myself into – the brief seemed so straight forward: Draw a map of London! But how can you show London on a mere double spread?

For inspiration I was looking at a lot of pictures and old maps of the city and decided that a top view would be most suitable as what makes London recognisable is its distinct architecture. This would feature well in the slightly distorted perspective. The part of the city I chose to include made it possible to show several landmarks at once, which is the most obvious way to portrait a city!

The planning of the image was the most challenging, drawing was more an act of endurance! But I am very happy
with the result!

A Map of London