Wil Freeborn is an illustrator and designer based in Gourock, Scotland. I mentioned his work on Lines and Colors back in 2010.
Freeborn likes to do location sketches in watercolor and/or ink. Late last year, he painted a series of watercolors of coffee shops in and around areas he visits. They were composed in a fascinatingly vertical format for a 2015 calendar.
He has also recently done a commission of someone’s favorite coffee shop (above, bottom) (and may sill be accepting other commissions, I don’t know).
In addition, Freeborn is holding a competition in which he will paint the winner’s favorite cafe, and give them the original. He’s judging the winner on the basis of a great image from which to paint. Submissions can only be made by posting the photos on Instagram with the hashtag #coffeespots.
I particularly enjoy his approach to watercolor, combining firm draftsmanship with free, sketch-like composition and application of color.