I see myself primarily as a draughtsman with drawing being the key to my work. My original training and experience working as an architect has given me an advantage as an architectural illustrator, and some insight into how to best contribute to the design process.

Working from my own sketches or from digital information, final illustrations are produced entirely by hand in watercolour, ink and crayon. My technical skills, speed and experience mean that I enjoy working with the design team, even sketching on-the-spot to allow us to move quickly through ideas and viewpoints before deciding on the final image. This kind of work is particularly suited to public consultations.

Over the years, I have built strong relationships with many of my clients, including urban designers to developers, architects to individuals. Projects I have worked on range from the Tate Modern and the House of Lords to private houses and local authority developments.

My studio is in rural Devon, where I also run a small specialist boat building business, specialising in restoring old wooden boats. I am particularly delighted when boats or the sea can feature in my images.

 Architectural Illustrators UK - Richard Carman