Jitesh PatelLondon, Greater London, GB
The maps which started off initially as maps of dates I would go on with a girl I was seeing at the time, the dates were fun and I wanted to capture the moments as a little memories of time as drawings in my moleskin sketch book.
The maps continued to develop into a illustrative style. I was pretty much in a transitional period, creatively and as a person. Luckily my illustration agent noticed my drawings, Thanks Ben, and liked them, and encouraged me to create more map work and drawings.
I hadn't seriously been drawing for a very long time, and its been 3 years since I took it up more seriously, mostly out of frustration of being sat at a computer being a vector artist. I decided to take a risk and make drastic changes.
I'm pretty lucky to kick off a new illustration style from scratch it was a risk, I guess you have to take control of things, experimenting with ideas, I figured since I was drawing quite a few commissioned maps, I thought it would be fun to combine drawing maps and traveling into a personal project, where I can take short day trips to European cities and capture them as map drawings, while having a bit of fun at the same time.
Maps By Jitesh Patel
The perfumes Society were looking to commission a map of London for an event they were holding. The commission involved creating a detailed map of London, focusing on East London, Central and parts of West London. The important details involved creating well know places and location, which people could recognise. The map should be illustrative and practical at the same time with anyone looking at it, being able to use it to navigate or plan with.