Thursday, May 24, 2012

Drawn to New York

I have to admit that I've stolen the title of this post from the Australian magazine Wish. (Why can't I think of titles like this?) So many people for various reasons are drawn to New York, me included. I have had a love affair with the city for as long as I can remember. I think my obsession may have begun while watching reruns of Family Affair. Do you remember Buffy, Jody, Cissy and the doll Mrs. Beasley who all lived in a high rise off of 5th Avenue?
 When I was thirteen my parents ask me what I would like for Christmas and I, oblivious to the cost of things asked for a trip to New York. That year under the tree I didn't find plane tickets or a gift certificate to The Plaza Hotel, but rather a glossy coffee table book all about New York City complete with a note from Santa. (all presents came from 'Santa' even when I was a teenager) I still have that book today in my collection of  books about New York.
The Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock is also enamoured with New York. He now lives in the city and has made it his goal to draw every building in New York. I thought this was such a cool idea. You can buy prints of his work or commission him to do a particular building that is special to you. Check out his web site All The Buildings in New York.

He is constantly observing the city. He says, "I really love architectural details, funny little cornices, finding little alleyways. I like noticing how things change on a street in New York."

Here is a sample of his work...

This one would be great in a boys room.

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