28 April 2014

Illustrator Captures The Lives Of Famous People Through Their Belongings

John Lennon

Australian illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, who previously drew these intricate building-filled maps and sketched every building in New York City, has a new book that captures the lives of 50 well-known personalities through their belongings.

Titled Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff, it features illustrations of everyone from Barack Obama to Marilyn Monroe, painting intimate portraits of them, from their quirky habits to their favorite foods.

In an interview with Fast Company, Hancock said he was inspired by his observations of people in New York City, and started making “little make-believe maps of the people I saw, inventing what they did, what they ate, their favorite food.”

He pitched the idea of turning his drawings into an illustrated compilation of fun facts about famous people to Chronicle Books, and the book was born.

Check out some of Hancock’s illustrations below and head over here to purchase the book.

Oprah Winfrey

Barack Obama

Elvis Presley

Frida Kahlo

Marilyn Monroe

Queen Elizabeth I

Michael Jackson

Abraham Lincoln


Martin Luther King Jr

[via Fast Company, images by James Gulliver Hancock]