As a way of introducing yourself, who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Henry (aka Travel Poster Co.), an illustrator and avid traveler. I grew up on a small island off the south coast of England, studied Architecture at university and since then have setup myself up as a freelance illustrator (which I love doing!).
Current city: London, United Kingdom.
How did you make these?
I make my posters by using Adobe Photoshop to combine hand drawn elements and digital illustration techniques. I find it hard to be creative when working in digital methods, so whenever possible I design things by hand. For the travel posters this usually means lots of sketching. First very small sketches where I experiment with layouts, then bigger ones to figure out the details. The last stage is to redo the illustration digitally, which include scanning in textures and testing out color schemes.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The experience of traveling is important for me to soak up the atmosphere of a place. I’m a sucker for detail so I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest scrolling through photos of cities to get ideas for specific viewpoints, buildings, plants or characters to inhabit my illustrations. Lastly I get a lot inspiration from artists working in more abstract, playful or naive styles. After looking at photos, I find I can easily get trapped in a literal interpretation of a place, more abstract artwork helps to get me into creative mindset and move towards a minimalist result.
What is the best advice you’ve gotten as an artist or the most important thing you’ve learned?
My godfather Steve was a professional portrait photographer and definitely set off the creative spark in me when I was a boy. He taught me how to think critically about the composition of photography. The advice he gave me has really carried through to how I now think about illustration. For example he used to tell me to get as close as possible to the subject, cropping out anything that distracts from the heart of the image. With illustration it’s easier to do this as you can create viewpoints which wouldn’t even be possible in photography. Thanks Steve!
Where can people find you?
Find me on instagram! @travelposterco