Mike Smith (Illustrator)

More Telegraph Poles

Talking about messy telegraph poles at Dungeness made me think of these biro sketches I did in a Beijing back street about four years ago. Every time I see one I get an ache to draw it. I dread to think why.

Sketch: telegraph poles in Beijing street

What this reminds me of more than anything is the sound of people hacking and gobbing in the street.


  1. Posted September 14, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    That’a a superb sketch-book page. I’m glad you managed to keep the spit off it!

  2. Mike
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Thanks Thomas. I did attract a little group of people gabbling behind me. Thankfully no-one thought it was that bad!

  3. Posted September 29, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Oh dude, it’s so true that you see the most amazing telegraph poles. I always feel silly taking photos, and it never captures the feel, but these sketches are perfect. Really cool, man. I just found this blog and I really like it!