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Osiris Illustration

December 13, 2023 9:55 am

I made this illustration of Osiris using Copic markers and Zebra ballpoint pens. The figure is a paper cut out that I attached to thicker coloured paper. I like the contrast between the smooth and more toothed papers. My reference was a votive sculpture from the Ptolemaic dynasty, this is the Macedonian/Greek dynasty in Egypt. I also looked at some frescos of Osiris for examples of the colours.

Ancient Egyptian God Osiris

Architecture Concepts

November 27, 2023 3:20 pm

Here are some new building concepts for my surrealistic city editor. This is pencil on paper with digital clean-up. There was a grey mid-tone in the scanned paper, I’m using it to my advantage to create clear silhouettes; I’ve cut out the individual buildings using the lasso tool in Photoshop.

After cutting out the buildings, I applied the “Levels” filter to emphasise the darkest darks, and to pull out the lightest light. Levels is great for post-processing scanned drawings. It allows you to corp the ends of the image histogram. The central point on the histogram can also be moved to increase contrast.

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Surrealist City

November 9, 2023 11:12 am

Here’s my concept of a surrealist modern city. The “surrealism” is in the way that buildings stack on top of each other, the way architecture plunges into the ocean area. It is also in the tipsy and melted shape of things.

SimCity models an industrial economy so it organises the buildings into Transport, Housing, Education, Industry, Power, Water, Commercial, Entertainment and Safety. That’s good for a realistic city. Surrealism models the subconsciousness, so I plan to organize the buildings for my city into Fancies, Fears, and Desires. So for example a hospital will be in Fears and a nightclub in Desires.

Recently I watched Star Trek: Picard and really like the surrealistic dreams in it. Not cities in particular, but the psychological Freudian idea of fixations in our psycho-somatic development. In other words, everyone is stuck somewhere in their past, and we’re all stuck in different ways. Picard was fixated on something particularly traumatic in his childhood. One of the other characters, I think it was a Vulcan, told him ‘You humans are like pinned butterflies, you can flap your wings but can never move on’. I really love that.

I want to amp up the surrealism even more. The task is unleashing my subconsciousness, this art movement is all about freedom in my opinion; It’s helping you release whatever it is that you have inside you.

Surrealist City Sketch

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