Bright Lights Big City illustration – Case Study




“Bright Lights Big City” is a doodle-style illustration. With ‘doodling’, cartoon characters are apparently drawn randomly and without a preconceived plan. It was made on an Apple iPad with Adobe Draw. The illustration is for sale, printed on high quality luxury paper. 

Mr. Upside Dutch Freelance Illustrator Case Study - Bright Lights Big city - 01

Tools used

Adobe Draw
Adobe Illustrator
Apple iPad Pro



People on the streets of a big city

The inspiration and theme of this illustration is ‘city’. While doodling it struck me that the main character in the illustration, the guy in the middle with the helmet on, is like many people on the streets of a big city.

While travelling to and from work or home, with all the bright lights and distractions, many people are completely ‘living’ inside their heads. With thoughts being like birds. The birds house is their mind. They are alone with their thoughts. Not feeling. Not really present. Blocking and protecting (the helmet) themselves from influences outside their body. With only a few necessary sensors (the security cameras) active. This concept turned out with enough ‘hooks’ to come up with all sorts of funny and strange extra elements.

Extraordinary luxury paper with special inks

Bright, stunning colours and extreme details

I wanted my illustrations to available on the absolute best paper available. And printed with the most optimal inks. Bright, stunning colours and extreme details on heavy luxury paper.

Searching for these materials and specifications brought me to the world of printing art and photo reproductions. That’s why the limited edition illustration art prints are printed on Hahnemühle Photorag® 308 grs heavy luxury paper, with UltraChome HDX ink. 

It comes with all kinds of goodies

The illustration is for sale, printed on high quality luxury paper. When you receive your order, you don’t just receive the awesome print.

Included with each order:

  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • One A5-size Mr. Upside Luxe Postcard (by Moo)
  • …with a handwritten personal note by me
  • Multiple Mr. Upside stickers


  • Blue, pink and white – limited run of 35
  • Black and white – limited run of 25
  • Brown, yellow, red and blue – limited run of 25
  • Bleached – limited run of 15


  • 426mm x 600mm
  • 16.7″ x 23.6″
  • Hahnemühle Photorag (308 grs/m2) heavy luxury paper

Image size

  • 372 x 445 mm
  • 14.6″ x 17.5″


  • Signed by Michiel Nagtegaal
  • Numbered
  • Embossed by hand with an unique Mr. Upside seal


Available as a limited edition art print

Interested in receiving this illustration as a luxury, limited edition art print at home? Contact me for more information.

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