Insights/foresights :: with David Wardman

We’ve been on the hunt for an architecturally leaning artist for some time, so we were very excited to discover David’s beautiful, intricate line and watercolour work.

With a career spanning more than three decades, David offers an illustrative alternative to CGIs, effectively bridging the gap between the blank canvas and the vision for a ‘future place’, inviting you to become part of the narrative.

We sat down with the man at The Red Door in Leura, to chat about his insights and foresights into the industry.

What’s your dream project or brand to work on?

A couple of years ago IKEA asked me to create a series of illustrations demonstrating how we might live in the future – both socially and physically – showing the sort of architecture and interiors we may inhabit.

The finished illustrations demonstrate practical and plausible changes based on a continuance of how we are changing already, for example, a more open living space (perhaps shared between families), growing our own food, pod-type houses, greener and cleaner cities and towns, free public transport, oh and of course IKEA furniture!

This for me became an ideal project, and certainly influenced how I think as an illustrator; ensuring that I am always forward thinking in my work.

What do you see trending in illustration this year? 

We are at the cusp of the greatest change mankind has ever seen and, as we begin to understand this deeply, we as illustrators and visualisers cannot help but be influenced by this. I think we’ll see the use of ‘looser’ and simpler illustrations to educate, inform and reflect the changing times we’re in.

Name your top three Instagram accounts to follow?  

I don’t do that much on Instagram, I must admit, but here are my top picks!

Tom Schaller, Architectural Illustrator and Fine Artist

He calls his work ‘The Architecture of Light’ – with light being such an important part of the illustrations.

Michel Streich, Illustrator

For his use of simple but succinct imagery to make social statements.

William Hogarth, 18th Century English Pictorial Satirist (they didn’t call them illustrators then)

His work had a direct purpose – to draw attention to the social issues of his time.

 In the future all art is destroyed, and you can only save one piece – what would it be?

Guernica, Pablo Picasso – for its energy and ability to describe visually such a terrible tragedy.

A close second would be The Girl with a Pearl Earing, Vermeer, for its enduring beauty.