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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Invisible Cities Thumbnails 76-85

Since I`ve had a confidence drop since yesterday I`ve been trying to power through my work and try and gain some confidence back .Part of this was trying a different style with my drawing and focusing on detail and linework rather than blocking in shape. I hope that this helps my ideas spark and my confidence comes back soon enough.


  1. Hey Sarah,

    Got your email, and perhaps it won't surprise you to hear that 'city fatigue' isn't unique to you at this stage in the project, so don't take the difficulty to heart - the 'difficulty' is a characteristic of creativity, not an indication that things are going wrong!

    I've just got lots of practical advice for you: personally, I'm wondering how much visual referencing and research you're doing in support of your thumbnailing; for example, if I was seeking to re-invigorate my ideas about 'domes' or 'scaffolding' or whatever architectural component featured in the city, I'd be looking at as many examples of domes etc. and dome-like structures in as many different scenarios as possible 'before' I started thumbnailing. It feels as if you need a more stimulating visual diet to give your activities an energy boost!

    The practical thing is to use one of your existing thumbnails as a 'seed' from which to grow further thumbnails - just as some people combined/hybridised/layered their summer project objects in order to create a whole new set of results.

    Lewis did an interesting thing with one of his thumbnails recently:

    First he created this thumbnail:

    Then, by taking the thumbnail back into Photoshop, he used it to extend his view, by growing a more expansive scene by continuing the drawing beyond the original frame:

    One of the challenges student face is to manage to achieve a proper sense of 'scale' in imagining their cities (many students think in quite a 'zoomed in' way about their environments), so using this technique to 'zoom back out' and envision more panoramic views can be very helpful.

    The important thing is to avoid generic thinking about your cities; if you find yourself stuck just drawing building blocks and boring forms, it's probably because you don't have enough knowledge to draw upon in terms of structures, materials, point of view and ethnicity - perhaps you need to refresh for a bit by 'not drawing' and instead going back to some real world reference?

  2. 77 Looks like it could really be the setting-off point for something. So eerie and sinsiter. I get the definite impression that something unnerving is going on inside.

    1. I wasn`t to sure about #77 but I can try redrawing it with different compositions.

    2. Try experimenting with it. It has artistic potential. It could be the centre-point or one of the hubs of some vast structural network for example.