Review: In the Wilds by Nigel Peake

In the Wilds by Nigel Peake

Title: In the Wild: Drawings by Nigel Peake
Hardcover, 144 pages

Architect turned artist and illustrator Nigel Peake (previously) was one of my heroes – having successfully transitioned from drawing buildings to, well, drawing not just buildings, but everything else under the sun. I’ve been eagerly awaiting his latest book ever since I’ve failed at attempts to procure some of his zines (they were all sold out when I discovered him!)

He works and lives in the Irish countryside, and it’s where the book is based on. In the Wild: Drawings by Nigel Peake features a smorgasbord of his detailed ink drawings and muted watercolors – almost one hundred of them intricately capturing the fine details of living in “the middle of nowhere” as he affectionately calls it.

In the Wilds by Nigel Peake

What I love about Nigel is his ability to strip the complicated away from everyday matters, and present them in almost subjective forms. The resulting textures and movement are what makes his work so special – they’re transparent, intricate, and very distinct. From tractors, to fields and boats to birds, Nigel translates his idyllic surroundings into organized patterns.

The book is filled with patterns – and it’s patterns that best describe what Nigel does best – interpreting, repeating them and rendering them.

You can get a copy of his book over at Amazon, and see more of his work on his website.

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And I had fun editing this short book clip I captured on camera. While it’s not the best at the moment, it goes to show that it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, ha! 😉

Happy weekend everyone!

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5 thoughts on “Review: In the Wilds by Nigel Peake

  1. I am a massive fan of Nigel’s work. I have loads of his zines and I recently got this as a present. If you buy directly of his site he signs most of his things. I have one zine which is signed. Just makes it that even more special. I have bought a few other things off his site…..Nigel does some lovely prints too. You should look out for his original hand drawn tags on his site, they go like hot cakes.

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