Tourists, Victoria line, 15th August 2017


London couldn’t exist without them…

Japanese tourists, 8pm Tuesday, Victoria line, 15th August 2017

 

London’s a busy place. I’m surrounded by many familiar people every day: friends, colleagues and housemate, even the same people handing out free newspapers and Time Outs or preaching on the streets.

I often forget many people are just passing through the city until I hit the Underground. Tourists are especially noticeable with their guidebooks and maps. This was the case after I finished late from the office and – from Oxford Circus until they left at Victoria – shared a carriage with a family of Japanese tourists. I couldn’t read the title, but I saw their guidebook had a picture of Camden Lock and the Houses of Parliament, a reminder that tourists are usually seen north of the river or Zone 1, rarely southwards towards Brixton, yet. London wouldn’t be a great city if it weren’t for tourists. A city this good needs to be shared.

Onsite sketch of Japanese tourists, 8pm Tuesday, Oxford Circus to Brixton, Victoria line, London, England, 15th August 2017

Onsite sketch of Japanese tourists, 8pm Tuesday, Oxford Circus to Brixton, Victoria line, London, England, 15th August 2017

Medium: Digital drawing created on an iPhone 6 and using Adobe Draw app
Drawn: 15th August – 17th October 2017