I am soon to go traveling for six weeks from mid-December 2011 to late january 2012 and will be documenting this through location drawing and retrospectively using photographic reference. My primary focus will be to document the places, people, and journeys that I will be undertaking whilst backpacking through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Upon my return I intend on producing an extensive self-published illustrated journal and hope to be exhibiting a series of drawings in the Spring. I will be working in graphite and water colour pencil retaining a raw, sketchbook feel to the body of work. Hopefully this work will evolve whilst traveling and with a loose narrative running throughout.
On a previous trip in late 2009 I produced a large illustrated map of South-East Asia. The body of work was produced whilst traveling and then reworked upon my return. Other reportage work that I have undertaken recently include a commissioned series for the Times newspaper where I was sent to a weekly Premier League football match and then illustrated the match highlights, focusing on the dynamic between match build-up, the players, managers, and crowd.
The images are from a selection taken from a large reportage map drawn off the back of my last month long trip to Asia. Two more recent quicker drawings are drawn from the same photo reference as before. I did these as a preparatory warm up exercise to the next trip and kind of prefer the quicker line work as it retains a more sketchbook feel.
David SparshottDavid Sparshott is a London based illustrator who studied at the Bristol School of Art, graduating in 2006. David has since worked as a Visiting Lecturer at UWE Brisol and has run youth drawing workshops as part of the Architecture Foundation's continuing 'Urban Pioneers' project.
Selected clients include Nike, Oxford University, Sappi, The New York Times, The Times, British Land, Tropicana, Umbro, The Craft Council, Howies, It's Nice That, YCN, and Grant Thornton. David has exhibited at Loop Arts Fair in Leeds, UndPlus Gallery in Berlin, The Conningsby Gallery - London, The Here Gallery - Bristol, at London College of Communication, and at the London offices of advertising agency AMV BBDO.