Blog 3 Heart of a Beating City

Last week I spoke about how the city I was intricately drawing reminded me of an organic being with the railways, roads and waterways as the life-giving veins. The Image below shows the natural course of this idea looking past all of the concrete, brick and tarmac what you see is a gargantuan human made organismNew3

This first image is a straight scanned photograph of the Image; I decided the use of contrasting black and white made for a better composition.

New2This second image shows an electronically simplified image that alters the finality of the lines and cleans up the image creating a stylish work.

New Etsy Vintage items.

Coinciding with the Scottish Independence vote I decided to post this book in my Etsy shop. It’s a fascinating vintage read by Annie S. Strachan and covers famous women figures within Scottish Stories.

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By next week I plan to frame the image and produce an art print of it for wall mounting and even to post it online for sale on My Etsy Page. Tune in next week to see how this goes.

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Blog 2 Vintage and Cities

Hello again for the newest instalment of my ImpalaPrints blog !

Vintage Prints.

a1001My Etsy shop has been really busy this week as I’ve began to upload my Vintage London photographs a few of which you can see below. As a resident of London I love looking through them and observing how the landmarks have transformed over the years. If you wish to view the photos for sale follow this link.

Hand drawn maps

Last week I hinted at playing with the idea of mapping a bustling city, a Victorian or Steampunked world. The image below is a draft of a fictional city based very loosely on Victorian London and on old maps of that time. With railways the only efficient long distance transport I loved copying old maps where the railways dominated the growing city. A quick procrastination followed as I researched how the railways affected London itself. For instance the London Midlands Railway company demolished 4,000 London houses making 32,000 people at a time when the company had no obligation to rehouse them [1]. This dramatically changed the Composition of the city socially and thus physically, as transport sped up so the heart of the city seamed to beat to a faster tempo. The image below is a first draft of a fictional city based on this research while the second image is template for a more fictional city with a nod to steampunk ideas. photo2 As you can see the image is dominated by the modes of transport at the time, the great river meandering through the city and the vein like railways connecting up the stations. My plan for this image is too be able to frame it as nice item or digitise it for wallpaper. 002 c8y This image shows a fictional steampunk city enclosed by defences, this is one idea I wish to pursue in the future and have another go at producing maps for an alternative history or fantasy world.

Next Week

While drawing some of my city maps I came up with other ideas that I wish to follow in next week’s blog. The first of these occurred to me observing how the idea of motion is evoked in the criss-crossing of railways and roads. Moreover it made me think of how blood rushes around the body, how it flows from the heart to the extremities. This is a perfect metaphor for the modern city forever in motion a vital physical powerhouse. Secondly I found this is Juxtaposed to the more unilateral sense of the city as a place devoid of or remote from nature. I will close with this rather nifty quote from the famous  Henry David Thoreau Normally, we treat “outside” as simply an in-between state, as we move busily from A to B, from one inside to another. As such, it is merely “some space that takes some time”. The true walker, however, inhabits the landscape and dwells within it for the duration of his or her journey. [1] London: A Social History Roy Porter

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ImpalaPrints First Blog


Childhood is always a monumental period in your life for both personal expansion and the development of hobbies and passions. For me it was a drive to understand the physical world around me, the landscapes and the history of it. It was these factors that inspired me to study both History and geography at a higher level, a thing some people tried to recommend against. While the amount of written work was highly strenuous at points I completed my course and remain highly passionate for both.

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Impala Prints thus fits into the narrative at this point, as a creative project I have always wished to embark upon. This blog shares with you my two main passions, a love of Vintage paper items, such as Prints and maps with my rather eccentric hobby of Hand Drawn Maps. While this blog is a discussion on my hobbies I would encourage you to check out my Etsy

So what are my ‘hand drawn maps’ I hear you ask?
Hand drawn maps are something I have always enjoyed producing, happily passing hours crafting towns and villages, railways and highways. I always found it immensely fun fashioning an entire world on paper from nothing more than symbols colours and lines and as I explored the world around me so did my maps expand. Some would call it an obsession but for me it was an amazing creative outlet my chance to be able to unusual abilities to create something beautiful.

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I consider the maps I produce as works of art, as they create a readable landscape and the design that itself is aesthetically pleasing. This makes for an interesting mutation between a map as a practical tool of navigation and the creation of something beautiful and thought provoking. My plans for my maps are in there infancy and I wish to share my developments and plans within the blog, and maybe even encourage people to join in my hobby.

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The map above is an example of one aspect of my hand drawn map hobby that I wish to explore further. It mixes the organic nature of the miniature in this case the human heart with the wider human and natural world drawing on the similarities in construction for instance the rivers taking on the shape of the veins and arteries

Thank you for reading through my first blog post, I will keep this blog updated each week on a Sunday. It will include all updates and the various projects I am working upon as well as the vintage items that I update my Etsy site with.
>Next Week I will be Exploring city maps that explore a steam punk themed Victorian city, based loosely on London.

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