Feeling down that you haven’t been to your favourite city for a while? Here’s something to cheer you up! These fun, off-beat illustrations of cities by English artist, Clare Caulfield. Maybe it’s the skyscrapers, the water towers and colours that drew me into this one, I’m not sure. All I know is I’m glad I discovered them, thanks to South African blogger Miss Moss who posted them on her site recently.

Clare is fascinated by architecture be it the Midtown skyscrapers of Manhattan, the Grand Canal in Venice or simply capturing Parisian life outside a bustling pavement café. I love how her distinctive ‘busy’ style captures the energy of each city, I can almost feel the places buzz and vibrate with life. Her collection includes illustrations of scenes in Venice, New York, Prague and Istanbul. What about Brighton?

Brighton is definitely on my list of cities to draw!” she tells me over email. ” There are some amazing locations that I’d love to sketch – The Pavilion, The Pier and The Lanes. It’s been requested a good few times.”

And her favourite city to draw? That’ll be New York:

I love the energy of New York and the challenge of trying to capture the movement and bustle of the yellow taxi cabs, towering skyscrapers, diners and shop fronts. It’s full of fantastic buildings like Grand Central Station, The Chrysler and the Guggenheim as well as beautiful Brownstone Buildings and water towers. Like all great cities its always evolving so it’s a place I can always find new inspiring things to draw and experience.

clare caulfield studio

I love using sepia sketching pens. I’d be lost without them. They really suit my drawing style allowing me to make quick lively marks that help to reflect the energy of the cities I’m visiting. Sometimes I create a pen drawing with watercolour in just an afternoon whereas the more detailed pieces can take a number of days. It’s great to produce spontaneous work but it’s also nice to sometimes take my time and remember all the great experiences and memories from my time spent in these amazing places.”

All of her illustrations are for sale on her Etsy shop ranging from £50 upwards. I just spent the morning browsing to pick out a few of my favourites:


new york illustration


venice canal illustration

ROMEtrevi fountain rome illustration


paris opera house illustration

cafe de flor illustration


grand bazaar illustration

illustration of istanbul

illustration of street vendor istanbul


Prague illustration

prague illustration

prague city illustrationThere’s also one of Sydney, a few of her home region of Yorkshire, and a few of Philadelphia.

sydney illustration clare caulfield

rose apothecary haworth illustration

Lose yourself in the inspiring world of Clare Caulfield on Etsy.

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