My cities


 

When you look at my works of towns and cities you will see that they are not new but once upon a time they were and you can see traces of what was once there. There is decay and debris, buildings slant or lean back, sometimes even seem to be upside down. Your eye is drawn in by the familiar and yet unconventional.  Your mind is trying to understand the story behind what you are seeing and feeling.
My creative process starts with taking photographs of interesting buildings from a very low viewpoint, as close to the ground as I can get, quite the opposite of a bird's eye view. I edit these by mirroring, morphing, removing background or rotating if that produces a better image.
I make my conceptual design using cutout prints from my collection of photographs, adding floors where appropriate, combined with pencil sketches.
For the final work I make prints of the edited photographs with an inkjet printer on glossy plastic sheets which are transferred onto a large sheet of drawing paper (or another medium), while the ink is still wet. The ink flows out somewhat, resulting in a slightly diffuse print. This is the way I produce the foundation for my works of towns and cities.
Details are drawn in pen and ink in various colours and sometimes including white. I then connect buildings, lower rolling-shutters and add ladders.  I change areas to make them seem to have been demolished or collapsed spontaneously. 
Through this process my town and city views change and grow.  In my mind I walk around in the picture, up and down stairways, climb over debris, hang on a rope ladder; like in a film or dream I can imagine myself in a new story at every corner.