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Sunday 27 September 2015

Review: All the Buildings in New York / in Sydney

When Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock set himself the task to illustrate every building in New York City, he probably never dreamed how utterly enchanting this project would become to the rest of the world.

James' illustrations have been exhibited in galleries around the world--and he's worked for such companies as Coca-Cola, Herman Miller, The New York Times and Simon and Schuster.

His whimsical, detailed illustrations and dual-tone colour palettes are the stuff of dreams, and although the two books featured here are not strictly children's books, they would enchant a child as much as any adult type person.

In All the Buildings in New York (That I've Drawn So Far), James presents us with an eye-popping array of architecture, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, and including such iconic buildings as the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building. His images also stretch to the outer boroughs and include the brownstones of Brooklyn and iconic buildings of the Bronx and Queens.

Beautiful details and a restrained colour palette are just pure heaven.

Similarly, in All the Buildings in Sydney (That I've Drawn So Far), Aussies will delight in familiar territory, so beautifully rendered and explored. Again arranged by area, we visit The Rocks, Sydney City and the Harbour, and on to Potts Point, Paddington, Vaucluse, Bondi, Randwick and many other suburbs--highlighting the truly vast array of Sydney architecture and iconic sites we all know and love.

Snippets of text and facts complement the illustrations, with hand-drawn typography and beautiful layout and design.

A joy. Want more.

Learn more about James at his website.

Title: All the Buildings in New York / All the Buildings in Sydney (That I've Drawn So Far)
Author/Illustrator: James Gulliver Hancock
Publisher: Universe, $34.95 RRP / $29.95 RRP
Publication Date: 5 March 2013 / 1 May 2015
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780789324672 / 9781742709918
For ages: 6+
Type: Picture Book