by Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Thursday 20 February 2014

Learning the alphabet has never looked more culturally and historically engaging with these illustrations of European cities in the form of letters. Japanese illustrator Hugo Yoshikawa drew the alphabet by creating a collage of famous landmarks and monuments from 26 cities, resulting in a different kind of European road trip.

To create the illustrations, he first drew the cities in ink, then coloured in with watercolour. The process may be simple, but the dedication required to even finish an intricate and massive work like this isn’t. The time spent in order to get the details of one letter just right already gives me a headache.

If you don’t know your European cities (which I totally don’t), here’s a cheat sheet:

Amsterdam (Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland), Helsinki (Finland), Istanbul (Turkey), Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Kiev (Ukraine), London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Naples (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Paris (France), Quimper (France), Rome (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Toulouse (France), Utrecht (Netherlands), Venice (Italy), Warsaw (Poland), Xanten (Germany), York (UK), Zagreb (Croatia).

Via What An Art