Here’s something for both tube and font geeks — a series of 13 hand lettering illustrations that visually celebrates the 13 London Underground tube lines. They’ve been created by Nathan Evans, a Bristol based Illustrator and Mural Artist.
He says that “when you’re exploring a new city, your eyes are always drawn to the unique things that locals consider banal and everyday. These interesting details are camouflaged to the familiar eyes that glide past them daily, but to you they stand out like beacons, illuminating the hidden character of a new place.”
He said that when he first moved to London, he was warned about the crush of travelling on the tube, but soon realised that if you adjust your tempo, slow things down a little and open your eyes, there’s beauty to be found underground.
Typography, colours, patterns and textures all combine to create the rich tapestry of the London Underground. These hidden-in-plain-sight details inspired him to produce his most ambitious lettering project to date.
As an artist, he spent days exploring the tube, travelling each line, collecting inspiration along the way, then studied the collection in the studio, cherry picked certain elements, applied his own illustrative style and created a lettering series highlighting the beautiful characteristics of the Underground.
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