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.
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.
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!