Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

13 December 2012

London Unfurled

Sometimes I hold an idea in my head for years.  I guess I know, subconsciously, that I'm never going to do it, but I like to believe that one day I will.  But in the meantime, somebody else has the same idea. Sometimes I feel a sense of peace that my idea has been brought into existence, even if not by me.

Today though, I'm a tiny bit disappointed.  I found London Unfurled by Matteo Pericoli as I moved through the books in Waterstone's.  I've long wanted to create a lengthy pen drawing of the entirety of London's riverbanks and Matteo Pericoli has done exactly that, in a beautifully formed book.  I should be delighted to see my idea in substance, but somehow it's rather dry, to be honest.  There is no contrast, little personality or individuality.  It's almost, but not quite, a pure architectural drawing.

Where does that leave me?  Do I lay my vision to rest, achieved by the world if not by me?  Or do I do it, one day, and remind people of that book they saw some time ago?

Perhaps I take it as a challenge, to push the boundaries further, take on my idea and stretch it, change and evolve it.  Into something better ...