A DESIGNER who was inspired by the region has now turned his passion into a new business.
Rob Wisdom, 56, went to art school in Southend and moved to Tiptree in 2003.
He is the designer and illustrator of Wisdom Art Prints and the graphic designer of Wisdom Design Limited.
His fine art prints are a new venture in which he has begun to capture the beauty he saw in Essex.
Mr Wisdom said: “I realized how beautiful and varied the towns are in this county alone.
“Being in Tiptree I was fascinated that there was a Station Road and no train station and wondered what it was like.
“For many people, my drawing is the only color image some people will ever see.”
He is an avid cyclist and often rides 80 miles around Essex, where he draws much inspiration for his designs.
His process involves going to a place he wants to draw and spending time there soaking up the atmosphere.
Each room has lots of hidden details and different narratives to spot.
He said: ‘When I did the Frinton-on-Sea beach huts I flew a drone over the beach and told one of the beach hut owners that would probably be in the room.
“In the finished drawing, you can see him standing in front of his beach hut.”
Each drawing takes Mr. Wisdom a day or two to complete, then he’ll go over it with a “fine-toothed comb.”
He enjoys researching the history of different places and talking to people to find out more about what people love about the area.
He said: ‘When I drew Wivenhoe I drew a few swans there and people told me there was a goose that thought it was a swan.
“They all had a thing for it in the city, so I put it in the drawing.”
Mr. Wisdom plans to continue with other rooms, including Clacton Pier.
His prints can be purchased at shops such as The Cheap Shop at Tiptree or on his website wiseartprints.co.uk.