A Hungarian illustrator has created a beautiful series of sketches using Google Street View that depict streets from all around the world.
The series is called Around the World in Eighty Days and was created by Lehel Kovacs, an artist based in Budapest. It retraces the journey of Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s famous novel of the same name. The illustrations were created from Google Street View, with some showing the exact locations that are mentioned in the novel, such as Charing Cross Station in London, Gare du Nord in Paris and the International Hotel in San Francisco.
“Around the World in Eighty Days was one of my favourite books when I was a kid. I always hoped that one day I would get the chance to relive all of the adventures that are in the story by travelling around the world myself. Although it’s not quite what I had hoped for, Street View is available in so many places that I found it very interesting to search for the locations that are in the book and draw them,” Nehel told Lonely Planet News.
Lehel is a freelance illustrator whose clients have included Rolling Stone, The New York Times and The Guardian. His creations are bright and striking, with a combination of hand drawn lines being combined with digital colouring. More of his work is available on his website.