All The Buildings In New York

June 28, 2011

I’m so in love with the illustrative style of the amazing Aussie James Gulliver Hancock who is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York where he is working in a super cool project called All The Buildings In New York. His goal is to draw all of the buildings in New York, and I’m thrilled he has taken on that challenge as the architecture there is just so diverse and beautiful and I know so many would love to see their buildings drawn by him – how nice to own one of his prints if you happen to live in the building that he so nicely sketched and painted.

All The Buildings In New York

All The Buildings In New York

All The Buildings In New York

All The Buildings In New York

All The Buildings In New York

There’s no question, illustrations are a huge trend at the moment. You see them everywhere now, on books, on magazines, on fabric, product packaging, cd covers, on magazines, inside of them, more than ever before illustrations are on and in everything. It’s a trend I love! What do you think of James’ work? I can’t get enough of what he’s doing personally and I feel so inspired by it and his gorgeous colorways and how he embellishes his images beyond the house to create doodles and such. I wish he’d come to Germany and draw some of the Jugenstil buildings where I live, or can you imagine him drawing the buildings in Amsterdam or Greece or perhaps modern homes in LA? I wonder what he’ll draw after he finishes his New York project?

I’m sooo lovin’ James at the moment though… you too?

(images: james gulliver hancock)


  • Reply thejoyofcolor June 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Love it , and yes i can imagine how the beautiful Duch housed woulld look like drawn by Jame,
    Thanks for sharing Yael

  • Reply jeska June 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Love this post and what an amazing project! Thanks for showing us this x

  • Reply Will June 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I’m so addicted to his work, Holly! He held an exhibition of his illustrations on Ludlow St in the Lower East Side a few months back and I was half tempted to jump on a flight over there just to view it! I love the colours he uses, too.

  • Reply Heba June 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    so lovely, 55 west 8th. street is my favourite one :)

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    These illustrations are gorgeous! I think I need to own one. Thanks for posting!

  • Reply Jason Thompson June 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    The models are awesome.

  • Reply Genelle June 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Just lovely! Great artist!

  • Reply michele maule June 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Yes! I do love them!

  • Reply Rebecca June 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Love his work! I hope he comes to DC next! Would LOVE having my building sketched by him!

  • Reply Monica June 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    That is a big Yes from me. I love his work. As always, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Nuit June 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    wow! this truly gorgeous and inspiring in every possible way! Thanks Holly!

  • Reply Heather June 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    That’s ambitious! I can’t wait until he works his way up to West 85th Street so I can see my old building!

  • Reply Ingrid Jansen June 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    what an awesome project! that photo with the 3 houses is so inspiring. i would love to draw a house right now (if i could)

  • Reply Laura June 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Love these illustrations, they have so much character (making me even more excited about visiting New York in October!!) Would be wonderful if he drew Liberty… x x x

  • Reply mindy lacefield June 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    oh these are just divine. i adore the splotches of color and swirly marks. how inspiring! :-)

  • Reply Jem June 29, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I’d love to see his take on some of London’s beautiful buildings; imagine his interpretation of Claridge’s, Liberty’s and Westminster!

    These are stunning illustrations, he has such a talent!

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Fiona June 29, 2011 at 2:08 am

    what an amazing idea. the buildings in new york are so beautiful

  • Reply Jo June 29, 2011 at 4:06 am

    L O V E.
    I am a small gallery owner and we are loving architectural paintings and renderings right now…in fact we just finished a solo show for a young artist (Kevan Anne Murray) who did a series based on her hometown 14 paintings were brought in and we only had 6 left by the end of the first weekend…and 4 left at the end of the show.
    These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Katrina June 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I think the ice cream parlor is my favorite. I also like the doodle around the building. It seems more organic and most likely true to the artist.

  • Reply Domestic Lioness June 29, 2011 at 5:00 am

    So whimsical and lovely! I think I want them all.

  • Reply Lisa Maria June 29, 2011 at 6:23 am

    What a great idea! I am a sucker for illustrations, and this James guy is no exception! Having grown up in LA, I would love it if he attempted that after NYC.

  • Reply debbie June 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Hi Holly

    What a wonderful idea and what a fantastic artist. thanks for sharing.


  • Reply Nat @ Dear Little House June 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

    It’s just such a different way of viewing the city too.

  • Reply belinda/gretchenmist June 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

    gorgeous work! love the splashes of colour in the background :)

  • Reply Sally @ ourdreamlives June 29, 2011 at 11:11 am

    That is such an amazing project – so inspiring! It’s making me want to get out my drawing pencils!
    Love these illustrations, the colours in each of the buildings are gorgeous!

  • Reply Your Lifestyle Guide June 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, amazing project. Totally love it!

  • Reply helcio June 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    gorgeous illustrations, thanks for sharing

  • Reply Anastasia June 30, 2011 at 4:58 am

    his work is amazing!! ive seen it before but completely forgot about it…thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Brooke H June 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Love these illustrations! Was hoping to see my building but no such luck. :(

  • Reply simone June 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Me too! LOVE! Would be a really great souvenier as well!

  • Reply Emma July 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Thank you for introducing me to his work…….Love It!

  • Reply JennaLis July 5, 2011 at 4:41 am

    gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Love this work! I went to NYC for the first time last summer & fell in love. It’s not my beautiful west coast of Canada, but the vibe the city has is amazing. It’s a place I will totally go back to & would love to have this art on my walls!

  • Reply Jane July 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Oooh, these illustrations are divine! I would love to see something similar done in Australia :)

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