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This guy is illustrating London’s historic pubs and other landmarks he visits

Instead of taking pictures of the places he goes to, Australian illustrator Maxwell Tilse does something better: he recreates them in miniature form.

The Sydney-born, London-based 23-year-old documents his travels by making tiny pen and ink sketches of famous landmarks, including historic pubs.

For instance, he’s created five-centimetre cut-outs of The Bricklayers Arms in Fotzrovia, which is known for its stunning Georgian architecture, or The Old George, which was built back in 1713.

“London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed,” he said.

The Dove. Broadway Market, Hackney. Another little pub that I'm rather fond of. The pub has only been around since the early 1990s, but I really like the cute little building. They serve those great strong Belgian beers. Check it out if you're after a cosy pint. . . Also thank you so much for the overwhelming response to my print sale. I still have a few left, but it has gone much better than expected. I can't thank you all enough ❤ . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #penfreaks #streetsketch #archisketcher #architecture #architecturesketch #usk #urbansketch #urbansketchers #sketchwalker #travel #travelsketch #london #londonpub #londonliving #broadwaymarket #hackney #thedove #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #wanderlust #delirium

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To create each illustration, Tilse either sketches on-site or does it at home. He makes sure to include every detail there is, including the Tudor-style chimneys, decorative windows and doors, and ornamental balconies.

He then takes a photo juxtaposing the cut-out with the real thing, then posts the image on Instagram along with some historical facts in the caption.

We recently caught up with Tilse to find out more about his fascinating series.

The Bricklayers Arms, Fitzrovia. Coming in at 5cm tall, here's today's little London pub cut out. A quaint piece of Georgian architecture. The Bricklayers Arms has been a running pub since 1789. . I've only got 5 days left in London before heading off home. I'll try fit in as many street sketches before I go. Prints are still available at half price on my etsy. But if you'd really like something, just send me a message 😉 . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #sketch #micron #arch_sketch #architecturesketch #architecture #archisketcher #sketchwalker #usk #urbansketch #urbansketching #urbansketchers #travel #wanderlust #londonstyle #london #londonliving #thisislondon #ilovelondon #fitzrovia #bricklayersarms #timeoutlondon #londonpub

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Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to becoming an illustrator, and to doing what you’re doing today?

“Well, I grew up in Sydney, Australia. I always loved to draw as a child but I never considered it could be a career path as a young boy. After finishing high school, I went to university in Sydney to study law. However, after just one year, I had decided to take a year off to travel and see the world.

“It was during this trip that I began to keep a travel diary but with comics and take my drawing more seriously. Eventually, I moved to the UK and decided to have a go at making it my full-time profession.”

You moved from Sydney to London. How’s the experience been? Do you have a favourite between the two?

“It was an easy adjustment to make. Both countries are culturally quite similar. I had also moved to be with a girl, so I had a house and an exciting new relationship waiting for me in my new home. I love both cities. Naturally they each have their own pros and cons. But certainly in terms of artistic inspiration and culture, I find London to be much better.”

A very quick little pub sketch of The Crown in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. I'm working on some more exciting larger illustrations that I'll hopefully be able to post soon. So here's a small afternoon sketch in the meantime. . The Crown is a nice little spot in a very historic area. Opened in 1833, the second picture shows the same pub in 1888. Back when the west end was a lot more rougher than it is now. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #penfreaks #sketchwalker #promarker #micron #architecturesketch #archisketcher #architecture #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketching #sevendials #coventgarden #londonliving #london #londonhistory #thisislondon #thecrownsevendials #timeoutlondon #ilovelondon #streetsketch

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What inspired you to do illustrate the places you visit, specifically the pubs in and around London?

“I found inspiration for the pub series just through walking the streets of London. I had drawn some small landmarks earlier in the year, but none of the drawings had any thematic consistency.

“The idea of doing a series of pubs came about later. After I had already drawn two of them. Hey, this could be a cute little idea. People like pubs and London has such a cute and diverse range (architecturally and historically).”

It certainly is a golden Friday afternoon in London. . Here's my drawing of 99 Charing Cross Road on the east end of Old Compton Street, Soho. The neo-Baroque style building, with its unusual green glazed brick and yellow sandstone, was built in 1907. Old Compton Street on the other hand has been around since the 1680s. Holding a fascinating history of disease, debauchery and wonder. Walking through Soho is an absolute charm. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration#promarker #artatte #archisketcher #architecture #architecturesketch #arch_arts #arch_grap #arch_cad #arch_sketch #sketchwalker #sketchbook #usk #urbansketch #urbansketchers #travelsketcher #travel #wanderlust #London #londonlife #londonliving #Soho #oldcomptonstreet #timeoutlondon #thisislondon #westend #discoverlondon

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How many pubs have you drawn?

“I have drawn about eight. I only had the idea a month or so before I was going to leave so I was hard pressed for time. If I return to London I might continue with it, as there are countless little pubs across the city. I was certainly never short on locations to sketch.”

Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is actually the giant bell that lives inside the clock). . Today I went to sketch one of my all time favourite landmarks while it still chimes and before it becomes covered in scaffolding. As of tomorrow, August 21st 2017, the iconic clocktower will cease chiming until 2021. Big Ben has marked the hour with almost unbroken service since 1860. The £29m renovations will install a new lift, a basic washroom/bathroom, a four-lane bowling alley and not one but two Pret A Mangers. You can't stop progress folks. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #micronart #penfreaks #usk #urbanksketchers #urbansketch #sketchwalker #artatte #archisketcher #architecturesketch #architecture #travel #travelsketch #wanderlust #londonlife #londonliving #thisislondon #timeoutlondon #bigben #Westminster #palaceofwestminster #webuiltthiscity #londonhistory

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How long does it usually take you to draw a certain location?

“Usually, I can draw a detailed building and cut it out in less than two hours. If I’m sketching on the street, I tend to work faster as it isn’t as comfortable as sitting at my desk. But really, the time always depends on the style of drawing. I tend to work very precisely and slowly.”

Which places have you visited? And which places do you plan to go to next?

“I am very lucky to have had the opportunities to travel. I have spent three years in Europe and the UK now. Along with Morocco, Egypt, Russia, the United States, China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. As well as traveling extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand.

“Finally, I have a job that I can do on the road now. So I am excited to try and fill 2018 with even more trips. Possibly even moving to Morocco for a few months. I really don’t know where life will take me next. It’s all so exciting.”

Sitting at the airport now awaiting my flight. Here are some of the small London cut outs from the past year. I could end up making hundreds and hundreds of these and never grow tired or run out of cute little bits of architecture to draw. London is a city packed to the brim with historical wonders that are so easy to miss or pass by, unnoticed. Wherever you are in the world. Don't ever forget to pause and look up. . . New drawings coming soon. . . . #maxwellillustration #illustration #pensketch #pendrawing #promarker #penfreaks #micron #sketchbook #arch_sketch #architecturesketch #architecture #architecturesketch #sketchwalker #usk #urbansketch #urbansketching #urbansketcher #travelsketch #travel #wanderlust #londonstyle #london #thisislondon #ilovelondon #timeoutlondon #londonliving #cityscape

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