A New York Graphic Novel
Work in progress
35-40 panoramic street drawings link a walk from 5th Avenue & 110 Street in Harlem down to the Statue of Liberty just offshore from the most southerly tip of Manhattan. Set as a dark comedy following a lost soul strolling through the city.
A lot of time was spent getting into buildings & looking for unusual scenes to shoot. I’d find a spot a click off anywhere from 50-300 photographs. The drawings take about a month from mapping out to finishing the final draft.
The art works below show the view over Central Park from the 18th floor of an apartment on 5th Avenue & 110th Street with three detailed scans, The Guggenheim & Chinatown looking down East Broadway from Manhattan Bridge, with three of its own closeups.
Tate to Tate: A Walk along London’s South Bank
A concertina book which depicts people walking east along the South Bank. Brightly coloured drawings show a diverse group, of all races & ages, & as you follow their journey from spread to spread you begin to notice subtle details to each of their stories unfold. In the foreground Lambeth, Hungerford, Blackfriars & Southwark Bridges & the London Eye. Across the Thames a magnificent panorama of buildings on the northern bank from Tate Britain, the Palace of Westminster, Savoy Hotel, & Somerset House flank the river. Then, arriving back at Tate Modern each of the stories climaxes at which point another group of characters walking west each with their own story to follow which brings you full circle back to the start of the book.
Produced in 2008 & taking over a year & a half to put together the one continuous illustration stretches over 68 pages. All of the elements were drawn separately before colour & design were introduced on the mac.
The exhibition, in a gallery near London Bridge, held a 30ft print of the book stretching the perimeter of the entire room. With limited edition hand-bound copies for sale, original sketches & original art. Good press followed as copies of the paperback published by Jonathan Cape entered stores nationwide.
‘A book like no other.’
‘A stunning graphic book.’
‘A cornucopia of colour.’
‘Three of the best.’
‘Great inspiration for a break in London.’
Image carousel of entire book. Interactive on mobile devices.
Tate to Tate: Handbound ltd edition book
Two hundred & fifty copies of this concertina bound limited edition of ‘Tate to Tate’ are giclée printed, cut, then folded by Tommy who also drew & coloured the continuous illustration running over nine metres long.
An accompanying separately bound book ‘The Walker’s Companion’ by Brian Parker is a written guide, elegantly detailing buildings & historical events along the walk.
Thick matt paper covered boards presented in a beautiful double slipcase are also hand-made by Tommy. All copies are partnered with an original signed sketch from the book.
This limited edition work costs £120 & can be brought here.
Tate to Tate: Paperback
Published by Jonathan Cape, part of Vintage Publishing Format: Concertina-bound paperback.
Signed copies for £10 can be bought here.