It must have been a sign (or maybe I just had it in my mind), but an old power station steps from my apartment opened this weekend so people could take tours and snap pictures. I say it was a sign because my new stylistic obsession is factories, and it was a great chance for me to just look at all the machinery, girders, bolts, and gears so I have more imagery to make my drawings more detailed and richer. If you are interested, you can see all the photos I took of The White Bay Power Station near downtown Sydney on Flickr.
The other reason I went, and probably the one most useful to my current work, was to take pictures of the rusted texture. I’ve used texture sparingly in my previous work, but I thought this time I would make a more concerted effort. Texture is certainly not a new technique in the world of illustration and design, so I know I’m not breaking new ground. On the other hand, I want to give my work that one extra thing that really makes it pop and stand out. I hope this puts me on the right track.