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    Student illustrator brings lost cities into present day

    12/06/2012
    Ancient civilisations have been brought back to life and given a modern twist by a Middlesex University illustration student.

    Ancient civilisations have been brought back to life and given a modern twist by a Middlesex University illustration student.

    Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ in Peru, was final year BA Illustration student Hector Lloyd’s inspiration for his impressive two metre square illustration of a modern lost civilisation.

    The artwork has modern objects like cars, a railway network and features people going about their day-to-day activities like shaving and brushing teeth. Many of the details in the city are also shown in smaller drawings around the edge but from an extreme close up viewpoint.

    Hector Lloyd (27), who lives in Brockley, said: “The original inspiration came from lost cities of ancient civilizations and imagining what they might be like if they were still around. I have always enjoyed drawing huge imagined places with intense detail. The more the viewer looks at the image, the more they are rewarded by the small detail. It shows everything, significant and insignificant, which may be happening at any given time. It’s a bit like Where’s Wally.”

    The illustration was drawn completely by hand and painstakingly uploaded onto Photoshop and each image was layered into the final design. For Hector this is the culmination of four months work. He added: “It’s exciting that it’s all come together – I’m looking forward to it being on public display.”

    Last year Hector was highly commended in the Macmillan children's book prize for his illustrated children's book Eggsodus - a humorous tale about an over crowded planet of egg people. He has also worked on projects for Ally Capellino and Globetrotter luggage.

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