My current artwork started off as an idea to have ten simple posters of Chicago. I would use similar styling but each poster would highlight some aspect of Chicago. After sketching some and batting around a few ideas, I felt that ten was a tad ambitious to complete all at once. Plus, even though it is a nice round number, ten is an arbitrary number. In the end, I settled on three strong ideas. And since simple is not always in my vocabulary, I decided to pursue the ideas I thought were the best regardless of complexity. As of now, I have finished the line work for two of them yet still want to play with the color.
The first piece is entitled Blocks and was originally going to include a child playing with the blocks. After completing the line work and moving on to something else, I continued to come back to it because it never seemed right to me. Then it hit me, I didn’t like the image of the child. It was too large and overshadowed the buildings. I was worried that the whole theme of blocks would be lost without the child there, but I don’t think it really matters. This piece is one of the more simpler works I’ve created and pretty straightforward. I like the color scheme as it is right now, but I plan on playing with the color a little more to solidify my choice.
The second piece is entitled The City That Works. If you don’t know, it is one of the nicknames for Chicago. Typography seems to be inching its way into my work recently and I certainly took it to the extreme this time. The letters have been created by different machines, gears, motors and pipes bordering the letters. I’ve seen this negative space technique before and it seemed like a natural fit with my factory themed drawings. I realized the neighborhood map I created uses blue as well, so I probably need to choose a different set of colors. To see more of the detail, click on the image.
The final piece I am doing is entitled Chicago Math and will revolve around the grid system used for streets in Chicago. I plan on completing everything in the next couple weeks.