The brief for this weeks illustrations was the word Luggage...as someone who loves all things Art Deco, I decided to try to combine the two in a contemporary way. After all the 1920's was a time when travel was an exciting experience, a chance to escape after the unsettling years of World War I. Train travel got faster and more comfortable for those that could afford it, the Motor Car became a mass produced product, thanks to the Model 'T' Ford, and for those with cash to spare, you could see the world on an ocean liner...
From a design point of view, this is a time when travel posters really came into their own, inviting the public to take a trip from places such as Sheffield to Scarborough on the LNER railway, or visit far off shores such as Seattle or San Tropez.
The Art Deco Society of New York's website has an interesting article written by Jack Rennart and David A. Scheider called 'A New Way of Seeing: History of Deco Travel Posters' , if you are interested in learning a little more about Travel posters from this period...Two of the popular illustrators who created travel posters whose work I admire, include the great A.M. Cassandre as well as in later years Lancashire's very own Tom Eckersley.
And as you may know, I can usually be found listening to music, when I am drawing, and creating these illustrations was no exception, so I thought I would share with you a couple of the songs on my playlist to help give you a little more of that travel inspiration, they are the legendary Eagles song, 'Hotel California' and 'A Million Miles Away', a favourite of mine, originally by Rory Gallagher, but covered beautifully in this version by Davy Knowles...Happy Listening!
Until next time, wherever you travel, stay safe and Thank You for Reading!
In this space which has no ceilings, walls or doors... I would like to invite you in, and share with you some of the simple things in life which help to inspire my illustration work, from music to the places and spaces we call home...