Draw a Portrait of the City

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When James Gulliver Hancock moved to Brooklyn, he took on a rather time-consuming project -- drawing every building in New York.

At first, he describes his effort as an experiment in record-keeping; he draws what he sees on a regular basis. But as he continues, he writes that the city's growing on him: "we're getting to know each other. Sometimes it still pops out and shows itself as a cliche, as all new, I'm amazed I'm in this, living daily ... With this much density, it is sometimes overwhelming."

The Australian illustrator's a self-described anxious type who panics at the thought of not being able to draw everything in the world, at least once.

See more of Hancock's work on his website and his illustrated love letter to New York on his blog.