Paper crafting illustrator Owen Gildersleeve was approached by Time Out in his home city of London to create the cover for their Into the Woods issue, celebrating the greenness of the city.
Working with a wintery palette, Owen started to explore what makes London a fantastic urban forest. With The Thames as the central anchor, he started piecing together an illustration that features a selection of legendary landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and St Paul’s Cathedral nestled amongst a leafy forest teeming with British wildlife.
The illustration elements were all brought to life as papercut pieces, layered at varying heights to add shadows and depth to the artwork. Drifting snowflakes give a magical vibe to the piece and carefully placed details such as the pods of the London Eye help to create an unmistakable London seen in a new light.