James Gulliver

Hancock

My name is James Gulliver Hancock. I think of myself as a visual communicator who was put on this planet to make pictures for people.

I spend a lot of time drawing. It is amazing how such simple materials can have such an impact on people and it’s so satisfying to be able to represent the world around me in my own way. I’m most known for my book All the Buildings in New York (as well as drawing buildings in general).

I make illustrations for all sorts of contexts, sometimes even branching out into the field of sculpture and murals. My work is all about making information fun and accessible and I love working with other people to help make this happen.

One of my favourite projects recently was this interactive children’s exhibit. The process of building a public interactive display was incredible and the end product functioned so well and was a joy to everyone that visited.

In the past I’ve lived in Sydney, New York, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London and Los Angeles. I love to keep things moving.

I find it hard to ever settle for more than a few years. When I travel, I like to draw the things around me instead of keeping a diary or taking photos.

My studio is always half messy with my analogue drawing materials, and half neat with my digital equipment.

I love collaborating with clients on drawings for new situations.

Here’s a recent mosaic mural I created for the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York. I loved working on this public art project with such high visibility and longevity.

One of my all-time favourite projects was created for Herman Miller. I enjoyed working for a brand that I was a long-time fan of and making something so organic. It was a really rich collaboration.

I really loved working with the Museum of Contemporary Art on this kids’ education series. I’ll always remember how fun it was to work with an institution with such a rich visual archive.

I was lucky enough to create work for a campaign to raise awareness for prisoners on Manus island. It was a joy to donate my time and push my skills in a new direction.

While I’m not doing client work, you can probably find me making silkscreen prints or ceramics. I’ve always wanted to work with fabric. I think something like this would be awesome on a kids’ clothing range.

Here are some pages from my sketchbook. I love drawing with my son. Most of my work starts with ‘real’ drawing. Then I clean them up on the computer or turn them into vectors by drawing with a tablet.

If you want to find out even more about me, here are some recent articles about my practice in The Design Files, Finders Keepers, Broadsheet, 99% Invisible , The New York Times and Sydney Morning Herald.

That’s me! If you want more, check out my full folio and Instagram. Got a brief? Contact me and the good folks at Jacky Winter.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.

With Jacky Winter you work directly with the artist alongside a hands-on producer—it’s a power-up for your artwork commission.