london cityscape drawn on a human canvas
may 10, 2012
london cityscape drawn on a human canvas


a still from ‘london – I dream in colour’ music video by emily+tom, illustrated by cat roissiter, 2012
all images courtesy the artists

a music video has been imagined by UK creatives emily+tom and cat roissiter to be a real-time illustration of the life and architecture typical to london drawn
on the torso of an unknown man. the massive illustration-on-skin by roissiter depicts the city of london as directed by emily+tom (tom webber and emily cussins)
for the band I dream in colour’s new single ‘london’. the film starts with several close-range shots picturing the torso, jaw and arms of a faceless man. as the music short
progresses, the drawings of roissiter begin to cover the skin of this unknown person. the infrastructure and city life of the UK metropolis take shape from the naturally
occurring imperfections in the model’s flesh such as his nipple, birthmarks and moles. it is only in the last few moments of the video that the viewer may see
the great expanse of roissiter’s flesh-canvas composition. the film was captured in one afternoon using solely a red EPIC camera, black gel pen, watercolor with brush
and thick permanent marker.


‘london – I dream in colour’ by emily+tom, illustrated by cat roissiter
uploaded by tom webber 


wide view of the piece in full


a detailed perspective of a figure form the body-mural


the artist used gel pen to create fine lines and watercolor to add greater depth to her on-skin illustrations


a scene formed from watercolor and gel pen


several figures whom the artist sees as typical to london life decorate the torso of the model


roissiter slowly highlights the form of a bar piano player with a permanent marker


project info:


track:
london by I dream in colour

director:
emily+tom

DoP:
mark nutkins , will hanke

producer:
mark hopkins

illustrator:
cat roissiter

make up:
amber pitkin

editor:
chris roebuck at speade

colourist:
james tillet at MPC

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