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Warwickshire based artist Jim Watson was born and bred in the Lake District before moving south to take up an engineering apprenticeship. He later worked as a draughtsman, before making the move into the art world initially drawing children's comics. Following that, Jim has produced a wide range of cartoon and illustrative work for magazines and books. He has written and illustrated several books of his own.
We stock his current collection of seven books, five from his 'Sketch Book' series which can be used as guides to the Lake District, Yorkshire, Devon, Cornwall and London. These books are hard-back, and feature around forty favourite locations with driving instuctions, where to park and what to look out for. They are packed with Jim's evocative line and watercolour illustrations to bring his descriptions to life.
Jim's most popular book is his 'London's Architectural Walks', and this features guided walks around different areas of London. Again, Jim has included his illustrations and maps to bring the walking routes to life. This book is bound with a softer, flexible stiff card cover.
'London's Architectural Walks' is a unique guide to the most celebrated landmark buildings in one of the world's major cities. In thirteen easy walks it takes you on a fascinating journey through London's diverse architectural heritage with historical background and clear maps. Some of the capital's most beautiful parks are visited, plus palaces, theatres, museums and some surprising oddities. With the author's line and watercolour illustrations of all the significant buildings this book is an essential companion for anyone interested in the architecture that has shaped this great city.
Jim's latest book is 'Touring the Cotswolds', this features driving instructions to take you around some of the most popular and interesting towns and villages in the Cotswolds, with guided walks when you arrive. Not just the well known places, but also hidden gems which many consider to be the real Cotswolds. Each of the eight featured tours is aroung twenty miles long with plenty of time built in to visit local places of interest along the way.
This book, as with all of Jim's guide books is beautifully illustrated with his line drawings and water colour wash images.