Welcome to Adrian B McMurchie Illustrator/ Artist specialising in architecture and word map designs of cities and Countries
Born and educated in Glasgow, Adrian graduated in Graphic Design (incorporating illustration & photography) in 1990, working as a graphic artist for several years before concentrating on commercial art.
The majority of my work is of an architectural nature, depicting buildings and cityscapes. Through my preferred medium of watercolour and ink I try to express the dynamic contours of city buildings and reflect the vigour of urban life. I mostly in watercolour and ink starting with a simple line drawing concentrating on the subject more than the paper (a lesson learned from life drawing classes at college). I tend to work from photos using a full on shot with more close up detailed images. I occasionally work from life which ends in much the same drawing. The only difference being the drawing may be a little "looser". I tend to use very little water in my paintings which gives the buildings a more solid appearance. The only time I use the paint in a traditional manner is for the sky which again helps to portray the buildings as solid structures. Two of my influences are Ralph Steadman and architectural renderer, Hughson Hawley.
My work has appeared in most UK national newspapers, in magazines such as BA's in-flight High Life, for children's book publishers ( including a unique children's literary guide to Edinburgh, introduced by J.K. Rowling) and for design consultants while my panoramic cityscapes are installed in public buildings across Scotland such as Glasgow Airport, Porcelanosa, Radisson Blu and The Corinthian Club. I illustrated the restaurant review for the Sunday Herald from 2000-2011.