Here are a few clippings from a commission to illustrate what Leeds could (and possible should) look like with a lot less traffic and a little more foliage, trees and above all bicycles. Living in London, I feel that one of the greatest crimes inflicted on it’s citizens is to have a dirty great roads running through highly pedestrianised areas. You have to shout over roaring engines, breath in smelly fumes and have to wait for about ten minutes before you can sprint across a slice of road only two meters wide.
About the illustrations, it was eye opening to take grey, peopleless photographs of Leeds and splash colour onto it, bring people out, introduce markets and generally improve the city. I used watercolour and ink