George Butler, a London based illustrator with a penchant for location drawings took to the road on a six-month trek across Africa. Leaving London for Libreville in Gabon, Butler’s sketches capture the spirit of each place he encounters, making way for a visual travelogue. His journey has taken him through Gambia, Senegal, Mali and Niger and he plans to sketch the Tuareg communities in Algeria and a voodoo festival in Togo. His goal is “to describe Africa as I find it, something that I believe you can do honestly only with a pen and paper, which allows you to be discerning and understanding, and to record things over time. I plan to draw with pen and ink and watercolour, but with pencils in reserve.”
Butler’s trip is chronicled as a travel blog on the Times Online, which is regularly updated with his experiences. Sharing his visit to a Chimp Rehabilitation Center in Gambia where he was picked up by boat and handed a glass of cold baobab juice. He also describes the appreciation of people he sketches and notices in Dakar, the first time since Algiers, a little bit of disposable income. What makes this trip original is the unique sketches that come in tandem with each of George Butler’s brief posts about the places he visits.