Thailand-based Japanese artist and self-described “dream traveler” Emi Nakajima crafts intricate drawings of buildings around the world. Rendered in ink, each piece conveys Nakajima’s knack for realistically reproducing an array of architectural details.
Nakajima’s awe-inspiring works of art showcase a range of destinations across the globe. She appears to have a preference for churches, from the Gothic cathedrals of France and Italy to Spain’s celebrated Sagrada Família. She also often finds inspiration in other major landmarks, including London’s beloved Big Ben and the stunning Wat Rong Khun, or “White Temple,” in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.
In addition to a range of subjects, her pieces also vary in scale; some are not bigger than her hand, while others appear to cover her entire drawing desk. Similarly, she also experiments with mediums, using colored pencils and paint to bring the buildings to life. Whether left black and white or embellished with pigments, however, each detailed drawing exhibits Nakajima’s undeniable talent—and unwavering patience!