Thursday, 2 October 2014

Invisible Cities - Anastasia thumbnails

"...Anastasia, a city with concentric canals watering it and kites flying over it. I should now list the wares that can profitably be bought here:agate, onyx, chrysoprase, and other varieties of chalcedony; I should praise the flesh of the golden pheasant cooked here over fires of seasoned cherry wood and sprinkled with much sweet marjoram..."

This thumbnail page is more of a mood board/influence map than my own sketches (hence the minimal thumbnail numbering) but I just wanted to get down all those lovely colours from the precious stones mentioned in Calvino's descriptions. They've really inspired me to look into this city further. The 'concentric canals' in the text are reflected by the layers of stone and the rings of the cherry wood. The idea also that Anastasia is a city that you could get wrapped up in and 'sucked into' made me think of a vortex, again going along with the circles and ripple effect that keeps cropping up. I like this city...


  1. Mmmm, lovely vibrant colours and shapes! You can find good templates for influence mapping online, is a popular one you can adapt to suit.

  2. As Chrissie has already said this is a really vibrant sheet, it is also good that you are thinking in terms of colour.


    Don't forget the two tutorials you have to do for Monday..... As a reminder they are:

    Character Part 1: Modelling

  3. Thanks both! I think this one may well be 'my' city - will work on it further. Simon, I've put up my tutorials but you'll see I have had trouble with the 'duplicate' tool on the pencil's eyes. Any idea why it's not worked for me?