London-based French illustrator Thibaud Herem originally studied graphic design before establishing himself as a freelance illustrator. But to be honest, his detailed illustrations of buildings look more like the work of an architect than anything else.
Working with pencil and Indian inks, his distinct signature style specializes in creating architectural drawings with an incredible level of hand-drawn detail. It was following the success of his first book Know Your Rodent, that Herem began to develop further his love of illustrating buildings.
“Drawing a building brick by brick allows me to understand its structure and composition much better,” admits the illustrator in an interview with Uncube Magazine.
“The tiniest details are uncovered and the personality of the building itself is also revealed through this process, which is a very lengthy and slow one. During this, I tend to let my mind roam free and often imagine a building’s construction process, trying to picture how many people worked on it, how long it took, the different type of skills they must have had – and then try to produce a drawing in respect to these thoughts.”
“I always wanted to be on the illustration side of things rather than the design side,” he adds. “I’m very interested in the aesthetic aspect of architecture and I find that graphic design allows me to learn about this through the construction of images of buildings. In this way I learn about the history of buildings too.”
Prepare to be wowed.