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Paintings and Photographs inspired by Travels Around the World

My Pen and Ink City Panoramas of Cities Around the World

A few years ago when I was going through a minimalist phase I did lots of simple pen and ink sketches, trying to capture faces, places and buildings in just a few black lines, by reducing everything back to its basic elements.

Part of this project included a series of panoramic sketches I did of some of my favourite places I have visited on my travels. These pictures are simplified views of cities, drawn mostly from my imagination but also using ideas and images from doodles in my travel journals and photographs.

To be honest, I seem to be in a bit of a void at the moment and suffering from a bit of painter’s block. So, in an attempt to kick start my creativity and inspire me to produce some art, I have been looking through old sketchbooks and portfolios and revisiting some of my old ideas. And it was here I came across these images again, and I had forgotten how much I liked them.

So I decided I would share them on here… just to see what reaction they got.

Which ones do you like? Do you think any work really well? I am thinking about adding some sewing to them and doing some in embroidery – Do you think it would work? Let me know… I’m waiting for your feedback!

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  1. walfischbucht April 12, 2017

    Very nice concept. My favourites are La Paz, Luang Prabang, Manchester and Havana. I would not add too much, though. IMHO they do work very well as they are now.

    • Ali Dunnell April 12, 2017

      Thanks so much for your feedback. I really liked them as they too, but I may have a go sewing a couple… just to see. Ali

  2. lenalimhamn April 12, 2017

    Love your art! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Esmee's Photography Blog April 12, 2017

    I really like the Havana, Cuba drawing!

  4. IntentionalTravelers November 1, 2017

    I love these. I recently started a doodle travel journal and have been doing some similar cityscape things, but with a flash of color. Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  5. Mei & Kerstin 👭🌍 (@_travelwithmk) November 1, 2017

    This is such a stunning collection of drawings, Ali! With a couple of simple black lines and fillings, you’ve managed to capture the soul of each place. I used to sketch and draw a lot, but that was more than 15 years ago. Your blog truly inspires me to pick it up again.

    • Ali Dunnell November 2, 2017

      Oh Please do – I am also a teacher and I love inspiring people to do more art work. Get yourself a small sketchbook a decent pencil, rubber and pen, and rekindle your interest in art… I love it 🙂

  6. Jin Chu-ferrer November 23, 2017

    Those are some amazing sketches! I’m a big fan of pen to paper art, so I truly admire your creativeness here! Lovely perspective!

  7. lauraagardner November 23, 2017

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. You should start an Instagram of just your sketches.

    • Ali Dunnell November 23, 2017

      Thanks Laura – my instagram is a mish mash of paintings, photographs and sketches, a bit like this… I wish I had the time to separate them all out. I’ll just have to lump them all together for the moment, thanks for your positive feedback though 🙂

  8. Emily Hines November 23, 2017

    These are really nice. I love the one with columns and checkered background. Would love to see what these would look like embroidered too!

  9. suzystories November 23, 2017

    These are so beautiful! I love spotting the familiar sights mixed in with some daily life sketches too. I really enjoy the simplicity of the drawings as they are, but would be keen to see how they turn out if you were to sew them too!

  10. Sarah November 23, 2017

    I love these , but my favourites are Istanbul and London. I love the details.

  11. Candiss November 23, 2017

    I really love these! They are very cool and would be so great as embroidered pieces! I always love stitched art that is done in a unique way for the craft!

    • Ali Dunnell November 23, 2017

      Thanks for this. I have been recently working on a meditation cushion for my husband, where I did some embroidery. I think I am going to give it a go on these designs 🙂

  12. Olivia November 24, 2017

    These are amazing. You should transfer them to digital art and sell them! I especially love the Manchester, UK and Havana, Cuba ones!

  13. adventureswithnienie November 24, 2017

    I love your drawing for Lisbon!!! Such a cool diary to publish. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Marvi November 24, 2017

    Wow.. These are amazing sketches! Your sketches of Istanbul, Banaras and Manchester really caught my eye.. Would be lovely to see these with embroidery and sewing! 🙂

    • Ali Dunnell November 24, 2017

      Thanks – I have had lots of response from fellow bloggers wanting to see them done in embroidery, so I think I am going to give them a go 🙂

  15. JC November 24, 2017

    I actually love the minimalism of these drawings. In my bedroom, I have one walk primarily made up of travel-focused painting/photos/quotes- these would be an amazing addition, definitely something I’d purchase.

    • Ali Dunnell November 24, 2017

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ll add some to the shops I’m designing for… check out my shop page and hopefully there will be something on there for you soon. 🙂

  16. Karen December 9, 2017

    I love your art. Kx

  17. Bangali Backpackers June 3, 2018

    These are so interesting! I love how you’re creating memories with pen and ink of the cities your visit. Wouldn’t they look lovely if framed?

  18. PossesstheWorld June 4, 2018

    Oh my goodness, I love these! How wonderful to have a talent like yours, thanks for sharing your artworks with us

  19. Yeshi June 4, 2018

    This is so creative! I love it – they’re like professional doodles with all the exciting monuments! Well done, and keep showcasing your amazing talent!

    • alidunnell June 4, 2018 — Post Author

      Thanks so much Yeshi – I like the description you used, professional doodles 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. Ali

  20. Mr Worldling June 5, 2018

    I really liked how you captured Laos, India and Morocco! The drawings tell a lot about the local culture!

  21. margarita_steinhardt June 5, 2018

    These are fantastic! I love La Paz and Luang Prabang especially. I so often wish I could sketch when I travel. It is such a beautiful and a personal way to experience a place.

    • alidunnell June 5, 2018 — Post Author

      Thanks for the feedback – I would always suggest having a go at a visual journal, you may surprise yourself. Ali

    • alidunnell June 6, 2018 — Post Author

      Thanks for the feedback – I would always suggest having a go at a visual journal, you may surprise yourself. Ali

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