Traveling Illustrator Turns London Landmarks Into Tiny Detailed Drawings

  • The detailed works are barely 2 inches tall.
Maxwell Tilse Art
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Most people keep a journal or pocket notebook to chronical their journies around the world. This artist draws amazing pictures. Amazing but incredibly tiny.

Traveling illustrator Maxwell Tilse has been documenting his journey around Europe by creating tiny drawings of each city he visits. After two years of living in London, Tilse released a series of miniature cut-out illustrations depicting the city’s oldest pubs along with other famous landmarks.

Tilse takes a photo of the illustration with the landmark in the background and provides a historical fact about each building and shares his personal relationship with each structure.

Here’s some of his best work from his Instagram account.

The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia. Coming in at 5cm tall, here's today's little London pub cut out. A quaint piece of Georgian architecture. The Bricklayers Arms has been a running pub since 1789. . I've only got 5 days left in London before heading off home. I'll try fit in as many street sketches before I go. Prints are still available at half price on my etsy. But if you'd really like something, just send me a message ? . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #sketch #micron #arch_sketch #architecturesketch #architecture #archisketcher #sketchwalker #usk #urbansketch #urbansketching #urbansketchers #travel #wanderlust #londonstyle #london #londonliving #thisislondon #ilovelondon #fitzrovia #bricklayersarms #timeoutlondon #londonpub

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The Coach & Horses, 5 Bruton Street, Mayfair. If you're passing through Mayfair, just before you reach GO and collect $200, you may notice this cute freestanding Tudorbethan pub. The pub itself isn't anything unique. In fact there are over 50 pubs named Coach & Horses in London alone. But I do love the mock Tudor architecture that's nestled in between the grand Victorian hotels and galleries. The little drawing is only 5cm tall. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #promarker #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #micron #architecture #archisketcher #architecturesketch #sketchwalker #usk #urbansketch #urbansketchers #arch_more #mayfair #london #londonpub #londonliving #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #ilovelondon #tudor #autumn #londonlife #londonstyle

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A very quick little pub sketch of The Crown in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. I'm working on some more exciting larger illustrations that I'll hopefully be able to post soon. So here's a small afternoon sketch in the meantime. . The Crown is a nice little spot in a very historic area. Opened in 1833, the second picture shows the same pub in 1888. Back when the west end was a lot more rougher than it is now. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #penfreaks #sketchwalker #promarker #micron #architecturesketch #archisketcher #architecture #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketching #sevendials #coventgarden #londonliving #london #londonhistory #thisislondon #thecrownsevendials #timeoutlondon #ilovelondon #streetsketch

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The Dove. Broadway Market, Hackney. Another little pub that I'm rather fond of. The pub has only been around since the early 1990s, but I really like the cute little building. They serve those great strong Belgian beers. Check it out if you're after a cosy pint. . . Also thank you so much for the overwhelming response to my print sale. I still have a few left, but it has gone much better than expected. I can't thank you all enough ? . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #penfreaks #streetsketch #archisketcher #architecture #architecturesketch #usk #urbansketch #urbansketchers #sketchwalker #travel #travelsketch #london #londonpub #londonliving #broadwaymarket #hackney #thedove #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #wanderlust #delirium

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A quick 45 minute sketch by Regents Canal and the Gasometer of Bethnal Green. London is dotted with these great big metal structures. I initally thought that they were built in the 1920's, but apparently they're much older. Most historians believe that they were constructed during the early iron age. Presumably for religious purposes. But I'm not really sure, I haven't done much research. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #promarker #pensketch #pendrawing #sketch #penfreaks #artatte #architecture #archisketcher #architecturesketch #usk #urbansketch #urbansketchers #sketchwalker #londonlife #londonhistory #londonliving #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #bethnalgreen #regentscanal #broadwaymarket #wanderlust #travelsketch #gasometer #canalboat

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Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is actually the giant bell that lives inside the clock). . Today I went to sketch one of my all time favourite landmarks while it still chimes and before it becomes covered in scaffolding. As of tomorrow, August 21st 2017, the iconic clocktower will cease chiming until 2021. Big Ben has marked the hour with almost unbroken service since 1860. The £29m renovations will install a new lift, a basic washroom/bathroom, a four-lane bowling alley and not one but two Pret A Mangers. You can't stop progress folks. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #micronart #penfreaks #usk #urbanksketchers #urbansketch #sketchwalker #artatte #archisketcher #architecturesketch #architecture #travel #travelsketch #wanderlust #londonlife #londonliving #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #bigben #Westminster #palaceofwestminster #webuiltthiscity #londonhistory

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You can see more of his Tilse’s illustrations on Instagram and buy his available works and prints on Etsy.

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