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Sounds of the City Exhibition - London Transport Museum

I have always been interested in illustrations that explore city life, particularly London as I can relate to the imagery and observe similar things myself. I have also been interested in making work about the London Underground, because I use it most days and so is very familiar to me. 

The Sounds of the City exhibition at the London Transport Museum celebrated illustrators who are inspired by both of these topics, and so I was excited to go and see the work on display. 

Phoebe Swan:
This illustration stood out for me because it is a lino print, and yet the illustrator has managed to capture so many details and elements of a city scene. Due to the materials used, the illustration uses a limited colour palette, and I think she has managed to simplify the scene really well, whilst still keeping all of the character and life. More of her work can be found here

Amy Higgins:
This is another one that stood out to me because of the materials used. The illustration has been created using paper cut layers, a method that I have always been interested in. The piece was fairly large in scale, allowing the viewer to look through all of the layers as though you can step into the scene. I also really like the colour palette of dark blues and greens to convey a night time tone, but the introduction of pastel/bright colours such as red, purple and yellow really stand out against the darkness. More of her work can be found here

This exhibition definitely inspired me, and I left with the urge to create more work. This competition is something I would like to keep an eye on, and maybe enter in the near future if the brief suits me.