In the style of… Jim Flora

CBD 2010 – ink and digital, 280 x 355 mm, 2013.
CBD 2010 – ink and digital, 280 x 355 mm, 2013
Bikes – Christchurch, 2010.
Bikes – Christchurch, 2010

Although I’ve always liked the composition of this photograph, I really wanted to have a bit of fun with the sketch. What better way than by utilising Jim Flora’s dynamic and colourful style?! The linework is ink on illustration board, coloured in Photoshop.

Jim Flora

Images (1954, 1955, 1957) from
Images (1954, 1955, 1957) from

American artist James (Jim) Flora (1914–1998) is probably best known for his jazz and classical album covers from the 1940s and 1950s. His work includes children’s books, paintings, woodcuts and commercial illustrations. If you’re not familiar with his art, I recommend checking out and But be warned, his art is not only colourful and humorous, it has also been described as diabolic, sinister and mischievous!

In the style of… appears occasionally instead of my regular Shoot it, Sketch it posts. Using my own photographs as a starting point, I’m drawing inspiration from some of the world’s greatest illustrators. It’s not about slavishly copying someone else’s art; it’s an experiment in seeing things differently.

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