Tuesday 17 March 2015

Big and Small

I know it's not the most interesting of structures - I probably should have added more projections and cut-aways but the look of the building wasn't as important to me as to trying to convey the size of the thing.  

If I were to make other changes, I'd make the forest more jungle-y behind and to the right of the structure.  I like how the vegetation is growing on the thing, but it could have been more so, but as it is, it makes you wonder if the structure (is it a tower or gate or lived-in building?) is going to ruin, or of we have made friends with the plants and can now live in harmony with our chlorophyll filled brethren.  I also like the really small, smudges that could be interpreted as birds.  I can almost hear them.

One thing I worked hard on this one is the high contrast part right at the base of the structure.  I wanted the viewer's eye drawn here, which I hoped would make one feel more pulled into the drawing, into the tower's opening.

And then there are the happy accidents.  Who doesn't love 'em?! Heck, they are what got me drawing more and more.  Check out the trees at the bottom right.  See how the shading is comprised of horizontal, not diagonal lines?  Believe it or not, I've never done horizontal shade lines.  I think it really works here.  Those lines both suggest leaves but also push the vegetation further back into the distance.  


  1. Nice. It looks big, it looks solid and it looks like it's in tune with nature. The high contrast area does catch my attention and the design in that area is the best of the whole structure. Those cut-ins, into the "legs" are pretty cool and I'd love to be on that bridge.

    I'd say you could have a couple more bridges, too, further up.

    Very sweet drawing and a fab building that I would love to visit and explore!

  2. Regarding the cut-ins on the legs, I wanted to suggest it might feel a little threatening walking through the gap between the towers what with the huge structure overhead, but now that I think about it, it's a bit silly - are we concerned walking under a bridge or into an office tower? Ok, you may be, but me? Well...

  3. Hey, you weren't trying to design a building that people would live in and feel comfortable in. You were trying to design a big, heavy monolith, right?

    Mission accomplished!


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