I am personally thankful for those among us who see the details. Those who hone in, zone the rest of out, and focus on the minutia that truly makes all creative things worth enjoying. Phil & Katie, of Capehorn Illustration, are the epitome of a team, and the art they produce preserves Chicago in all its glory and from various angles. Whether a straight-ahead view of your parents home, or a map of the best beer bars Chicago has to offer, this pair is cataloging our architectural lineage.
Once I found out that they do commissioned works for any structure a client brings to them, I was impressed by the mix of custom products and Chicago-centric creations, and had to know more. Based in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, this husband-and-wife team seems to have some of the finer things in life figured out; like living creatively, being together, and making things that satisfy not only the customers need, but their artistic itch.
Next, I dig in a bit deeper to find out how the team at Capehorn puts Chicago on an illustrated page.
EL: What is Capehorn illustration?
Capehorn: We’re a Ravenswood-based outfit. We illustrate things we love and things our clients love. Homes, Chicago, Maps.
EL: During an amorphous bit of Google search curating, we stumbled across your super detailed depictions of all types of keynote Chicago locations, locales, and homes. Have you both always been interested in architecture or history?
Capehorn: Yes, both of us have always loved both. I explored architecture as a career, working briefly at an architecture firm, but I found I was more in love with the outcome than the practice. For us, walking Chicago, or an old European city, really hits the right architecture and history nerves.
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