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Are you ready to join us on an adventure? Let's buckle up and transport ourselves to some of the most incredible locations around the world with Maxwell Tilse and his series of illustrations featuring famous landmarks. While Tilse has shared some of his previous work on Bored Panda, this time we've curated the best examples of his miniature drawings, photographed against their real-world twins as a backdrop.

We contacted Max and asked him some questions about his series of small cut-out illustrations showcasing the famous landmarks. The artist shared with us more about the inspiration behind this project: “I was inspired by the childlike collector inside of me. It’s a real joy arriving in a new destination and finding a little corner, famous or otherwise, to sit and sketch. These little landmarks are fairly quick and easy to create, so if I’ve only got a day or three to create a piece, drawing to this small scale is ideal.”

He also added: “The photograph I take with the drawing on location is as much of a souvenir as the artwork itself.”

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Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

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We were curious how the illustrator decides which landmarks to feature in his new paintings. Tilse said: “I love to capture buildings that are iconic, unique, or historically important. Architecture and history are real passions for me. What can each subject say about the place I’m visiting, or quite simply, is it enjoyable to draw?”

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Big Ben, London, England

Big Ben, London, England

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aashi chaudhari
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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

visited the clock tower, everyone went silent as the bells tolled and then went about their business again. was enchanting honestly.

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Temple Of Saturn, Rome, Italy

Temple Of Saturn, Rome, Italy

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Asked what challenges he encounters when creating his small-scale drawings, Maxwell answered: “Rain and intricate spires. I draw these mostly outside, on the spot. Keeping myself (and the paper) dry is a must. Then there’s the cutting out. Churches, mosques, and anything with a spire or minaret are really hard to keep straight and attached.”

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St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków, Poland

St. Mary’s Basilica, Kraków, Poland

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Drank probably the most awesome hot chocolate in a chocolate factory shop near rynek in Krakow.

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The Parthenon Of Athens, Greece

The Parthenon Of Athens, Greece

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Next, the artist shared with us more details about his creative process, specifically how he approaches capturing the perfect shots to complement his illustrations: “Knowing the movements of the sun is key! I try to draw a place that faces the sun, with my back behind it. So there’s a natural light when photographing the artwork. If the sun is in front of me, the drawing becomes dark and obscured. If the rain starts to drizzle I’ll take some snaps and finish the drawing in a nearby bar or cafe.”

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Castle Sant’angelo, Rome, Italy

Castle Sant’angelo, Rome, Italy

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

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Lastly, the illustrator shared with us his creative plans for the future: “I’ve had the privilege of working with airlines and tourism agencies. More work like that would be wonderful. The goal is to continue traveling and see as much of the world as possible. I’d love to make an illustrated book of my travels one day. Who knows where that’ll lead me? I love to draw and regardless of opportunity, I’ll always keep it up.”

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Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Statue Of Julius Caesar, Rome, Italy

Statue Of Julius Caesar, Rome, Italy

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Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Pantheon, Rome, Italy

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Cathedral Of Santa Maria Of Palma, Majorka, Spain

Cathedral Of Santa Maria Of Palma, Majorka, Spain

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1 month ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mallorca, guys, it's Mallorca. Being Spanish it took me a few minutes to guess

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Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

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His Majesty's Theatre, London, England

His Majesty's Theatre, London, England

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Fitzrovia, London, England

Fitzrovia, London, England

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Selimiye Mosque, Edirne Turkey

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne Turkey

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Town Hall Tower, Kraków, Poland

Town Hall Tower, Kraków, Poland

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The Church Of St. Andrew, Kraków, Poland

The Church Of St. Andrew, Kraków, Poland

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Jama El Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco

Jama El Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco

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Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

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The Blue Posts, Berwick St. Soho, London, England

The Blue Posts, Berwick St. Soho, London, England

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Gjirokaster Old Town, Albania

Gjirokaster Old Town, Albania

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Berlin TV Tower, Germany

Berlin TV Tower, Germany

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Soho Square, The Mysterious And Mythical Gardner’s Shed, London, England

Soho Square, The Mysterious And Mythical Gardner’s Shed, London, England

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The White Hart Pub, London, England

The White Hart Pub, London, England

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The Korçë Cathedral, Korçë, Albania

The Korçë Cathedral, Korçë, Albania

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Xiang Lin Si Temple. Melaka, Malaysia

Xiang Lin Si Temple. Melaka, Malaysia

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The White Tower Of Thessaloniki, Macedonia

The White Tower Of Thessaloniki, Macedonia

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Sydney's Central Station, Australia

Sydney's Central Station, Australia

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Buzludzha Monument, Balkan Mountains

Buzludzha Monument, Balkan Mountains

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Church Of St. Adalberto, Kraków, Poland

Church Of St. Adalberto, Kraków, Poland

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Note: this post originally had 50 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

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