Owen Gildersleeve
Into the Woods


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I was approached by Time Out London to create the cover for their Into the Woods issue celebrating the greenness of the city – Apparently London boasts so much greenery that it can technically be classed as a forest! The challenge was to bring together the urban forest theme with a scene that was immediately readable as London, with some nice added details.

How was the illustration used:
As well as the still magazine artwork I created a short animation showing the layers of the artwork being pieced together for Time Out's social promotion. The final cover takes you on a journey up the River Thames through our fantastic city, as a reminder that even at this time of the year when the temptation is to stay warm in our homes that London has so much to offer!

How did you make this work:
Working with a wintery palette and using The Thames as the central anchor, I created an illustration featuring a selection of legendary London landmarks nestled amongst leafy foliage teeming with British wildlife, from majestic stags to the unlikely parakeets. The illustration elements were all brought to life as papercut pieces, layered at varying heights to add shadows and depth to the artwork.

Commissioner Name :
Bryan Mayes
Commissioner Company :
Time Out London

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United Kingdom

Owen Gildersleeve is an artist based in London specialising in handcrafted illustration, set design and art direction. His unique style honed over the past 10 years, brings graphic designs to life through carefully cut layers and a playful use of light and shadow. Working with an array of international clients, his practice ranges from intricate paper illustrations and animations, shot in his East London studio, to large-scale sets, window displays and installations.