Favourite global cities and landmarks to draw
Exploring cityscapes from Europe to North America and Australia
Sometimes when you’re exploring a new place, there’s something about it that just captures your heart. The food, the drink, the architecture. the people. I’ll be launching a new series of prints of places I’ve fallen for over the years and here’s why I love them. Let me know if any are your favourites too!
Hands down, what I loved about Rome was the food. Dishes with just a handful of ingredients but bursting with flavour. My favourite place was a restaurant called Sette Oche in Trastavere. White walls and simple decor, it felt modern and cosy all at the same time. And of course the history of the city - from the art in the Vatican museum to the big sights to parks - it’s at every turn.
It’s been years since I last went, and I’d like to go back. When I think back on the city, as well as the big hitters of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, I remember the city feeling full of beautifully manicured parks and gardens - the Jardin des Tuileries was a definite highlight.
There’s nothing quite like seeing something you’ve seen in so many films and television series in real life. We did a movie location tour and it was brilliant - a way to see the places that inspired settings for favourite shows and see different parts of the city that you might never have got to otherwise.
It was supposed to be sandy beaches and cloudless blue skies but it rained for most of the time we were there! However, walking into our hotel room, half-asleep with jet lag, and seeing the Opera House in the distance was just an amazing feeling. I just loved the architecture of the Opera House, those familiar shapes from travel books - you don’t notice the detailing until you see it up close. Bonus was seeing a wild seal resting on the steps behind the Opera House, leading into the water!
I’d struggle to choose between seeing the Cubbies play at Wrigley Field, eating classic Chicago dishes and the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruise. The city of skyscrapers does not disappoint anyone interested in architecture. The range of styles, the engineering, the striking shapes - these buildings are so beautiful to draw!
This island was my home for much of my childhood and is constantly changing. From the friendly people to the amazing food, it still holds a piece of my heart. The mix of architecture and colour is one to explore - you’ll see the modern, towering Marina Bay Sands to colonial-style buildings (such as Raffles Hotel) and the colourful mix of Chinatown.