Bringing to Life
Our newest range is called ‘Scenes of London’ and is based on a specially commissioned painting by Allan Drummond. His quirky watercolour illustrates a montage of London highlights, including the iconic Westminster Abbey. The scenes evoke the joy of visiting London, whether by bike, taxi or bus, in both glorious sunshine and the occasional British rain shower!
We were very excited to be able to work with Allan to create the artwork for this range as he is a wonderful artist that h
as worked on some fantastic projects, including the mural designs at Holborn station on the London Underground. He is also an award-winning children’s illustrator. Starting out his career as a journalist, Allan then went on to study graphic design before studying illustration at the Royal College of Art where he was tutored by Quentin Blake.
Allan has had an interesting career working both in England and the USA and is now based in Suffolk, England. He works from a large bright studio at the top of his home where he can “look out at the same skies as John Constable did 200 years ago [as] his birthplace is his down the lane”. Surrounded by such a wonderful setting, Allan creates his pieces using a brush or pen dipped in Indian ink to make the black lines which he then colours in using bright inks applied with a brush or sponge. He likes “to make pictures that tell an uplifting story” and works on simplifying things as much as he can without losing any of the life and energy that he wishes to convey.
Allan’s favourite part of the piece is the drawing of the Statue of Eros, Piccadilly Circus, right in the middle. It was first bit of the painting that he drew and everything is grouped around it. He also enjoyed drawing the three greedy pigeons at the bottom of the piece. We have all found our own favourite parts and the team has enjoyed selecting different parts of the artwork to feature on different products.