Patrick Vale is an English illustrator based in New York, much of his illustrative output is reportage / urban sketch inspired, an approach that has seen him attract commissions from huge clients such as Apple Computers.
I have been a fan of Patrick's work for some years. I perhaps found him on instagram where he posts a lot of his sketchbook work but I think I was familiar with his work pre-instagram. Although he creates 'finished' illustrations, utilising software and digital approaches, it is Patrick's sketchbook work that really chimes with me. The sketchbook section of his website, is, in my opinion, the main event.
Upon arriving at an approach for 'Waiting' and getting nearly 100 drawings under my belt, I came across this recent collection of drawings that Patrick posted on instagram. Clearly there's a similarity in both the subject and environment in which these drawings were undertaken and my own for 'Waiting' as well as the way in which Patrick and I have approached the problem of drawing in a busy, public space - similar size sketchbook, similar sparse and economical line, monochrome aesthetic. Even the small amount of notes and the use of dates is similar. I find this very interesting. Did I see these works before undertaking my own? I certainly don't think I did. Are Patrick and I on similar wavelengths? Have we both, in tackling an almost identical problem, arrived at a very similar solution?
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