gouache

Meet Richard Mayhew, the main character from Neil Gaiman's novel Neverwhere. Initially defined by his existence as a climbing office drone in London, everything coming up roses, Richard steps out of his everyday routine to help an injured young woman he meets in the subway. The encounter shakes apart his mundane existence and soon enough Richard is dragged down into Neverwhere, the underworld of London made of magic and mythical places between subways, across bridges, and other darker places. By the end, Richard becomes the champion of the Underworld.

This piece was created with various washes of coffee, ink, and gouache. The background is a detailed map of the London subway, with important stops highlighted by key and eye motifs. Richard himself is showing his adventures in his clothes.