When George Townley came to Cal State San Marcos as a young Briton on a study abroad program it changed his whole sense of style.
His home university in the north of England was often gray and dull, said Townley, now 22. “So this like vibrant, tropical kind of west culture really stood out. It was escapism, I guess.”
A self-taught artist, he has been channeling his fascination with California into lush illustrations of some of the state’s most distinctive architecture, largely in Los Angeles.
Among them are depictions of the iconic Stahl House, Los Angeles Union Station, Frank Lloyd Wright homes, and his favorite landmark: Griffith Observatory.
The works, done using a stylus in Photoshop, have been a hit on social media, where people often respond with suggestions for new illustrations. Townley, who is working now as a designer for a record label in London, said he adds them to his to-do list.
“I’m just going to keep going until I get bored,” he said, “which I doubt will happen.”
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