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Watercolouring the world…

March 23, 2010

Maybe everyone is already reading this and I’m sorely behind…but everyone should be reading this blog ‘George Butlers journey to the equator‘ on the Times Online (London). George is travelling 8,500km overland from London to Libreville, the capital of Gabon in West Africa. It will take about six months and cover 12 African countries. He started just over two months ago and has already racked up some unbelievable stories as well as gorgeous images.

The brief is to depict West Africa as he finds it– he plans to draw with pen and ink and watercolour, but with pencils in reserve. He is carrying 500ml of ink and as much paper as he can carry (which is about two months worth). After this, he’ll draw on whatever he can find, so far that means camel and goat hides, and emailing his posts back to the times when he can find an internet connection. Fascinating story to start, but add in his amazing imagery and I’m in awe. His stories are enthralling– getting hunted by kidnappers (!!! a bit steep for my travel sketchbook aspirations), dealing with the camel’s unusual gait whilst trying to draw on a camel trek and buying goat skins 3 for £7 to draw on. How often have YOU done that? Yah, of course last Thursday, but before that? Yah, right, me too.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ina permalink
    March 23, 2010 4:20 pm

    Beautiful images! Wow.

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