Self-taught artist wows Londoners with stunning sketches of capital's best sights

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A self-taught artist has wowed Londoners with his stunning ink illustrations of some of the capital’s most beautiful sights.

Professional illustrator Maxwell Tilse, 24, moved to London from Sydney two years ago and has been exploring the capital with his drawing pad and pen ever since.

“I have always done drawing but London is amazing, a lot of my inspiration comes from just roaming through the streets,” said Mr Tilse, who now lives in Bethnal Green.

“It’s the best thing about London, if you walk about and look up.”

The Shard looming over the River Thames. (Maxwell Tilse (@maxwellillustration Instagram))

His collection of sketches of the city include the more obvious sites like Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the Shard along with the quieter areas less popular with tourists like The Ritzy in Brixton, Southwark’s The Union Jack pub and Lambeth Town Hall.

The Australian artist earns most of his money through commissions from people buying pieces of their favourite cities as well as for publications.

His London sketches – which take around 40 minutes to complete – are among hundreds of other illustrations of cities across the world.

Lambeth Town Hall. (Maxwell Tilse (@maxwellillustration Instagram))

But for Mr Tilse, the UK capital is a favourite.

“London is my most enjoyable city to sketch in,” he told the Standard.

“I have always loved the architecture; it’s just sensational and transports you back in time. I just walk about until I see something.

“My most recent one, I was just walking through Broadway Market and there was a bench and I sat in the shade and quickly put down some lines.”

He added: “People always come up and talk to you, no matter the language barrier, you always have people of all age groups start up conversations.”


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