I created this Big Ben maze because we’re getting ready to take a family trip to London and Ireland in a couple weeks and I wanted to pay tribute to the city of London. I previously created an Ireland maze in preparation of our trip and I intend on leaving some of these mazes as a thank you for each of the Airbnb’s that we are staying at during out travels.
I decided to draw Big Ben because it’s one of the most iconic landmarks in London. Big Ben is not actually the official name of the tower. The tower is actually called Elizabeth’s Tower, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Big Ben is actually a nickname for the largest bell in the clock tower.
This is the second landmark I created into a maze and most likely won’t be the last one. The first landmark maze I developed was the Statue of Liberty. After completing the Statue of Liberty maze I realized that landmarks / building lend themselves quite nicely to becoming mazes.
I like the look of vintage travel posters, especially the art deco styled ones and this maze as well as the Ireland maze are both a nod to those travel posters. I imagine these being a postcard that you would send home from your trip abroad.
Below are my sketches and color tests that I used to figure out the best combinations that will translate into the digital image. I am still struggling with clouds and did extensive tests to see how to create a representation of clouds while still keeping paths for the maze. I’m still perfecting my technique but overall I’m satisfied with the final result.
Below is the maze in progress. Like all mazes they start as pencil sketches and are filled in with marker and colored pencils. I filled in the color as a went to make sure I was happy with the results and it allowed me to adjust the coloring as I went.
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