Sunset City

In this piece I’ve incorporated themes of high-density urbanism and ecosystem preservation. It’s my belief that if we want to conserve and allow nature to flourish, we must build human society upwards in a sustainable manner, instead of building outwards.

I used Procreate to draw this scene, and thankfully they’ve got a nifty feature to export a timelapse of the drawing process. I’ve edited the timing in Final Cut Pro X and used Giphy to turn it into a .gif file.


A vector illustration of my typical workspace. Coffee, Macbook Pro, Wacom Tablet, and my 7th Moleskine Grid Journal.

For the curious, here's a blown-up view of the journal sketches. I drew up a montage of diagrams from recent pages of my current journal. 

I'll explain what a few of these diagrams mean, for the curious: 


Midway down the page on the far left is a camera pointed at what appears to be a river. This is a concept for using surveillance cameras and computer vision technologies to analyze environmental changes, such as river flow rate, flood patterns, changes in foliage, weather patterns, etc. I actually wrote a blog post about this one.


At the bottom of the left page is a few hierarchy diagrams. This is loosely based on an idea I have to map out power structures, political power, economic power, etc. The left diagram illustrates a highly centralized system, with the majority of the power being held by a single entity. On the right theres's loose central oversight of highly distributed powerful entities. The inequality operator is there to show my personal preference towards the latter.


Middle-right is a nested diagram based on an idea to show local governance and representatives based on one's location. A visual guide of who's in power could help increase civic participation, as we'd know exactly whose door to go knocking on when things aren't done right. I'll probably post a blog post critiquing Facebook's Town Hall feature towards this end. 


Bottom-right is a diagram of my optimal workspace location. Basically a desk right next to a window overlooking a dense city block. The vibrant movements of cities offer creative inspiration to me, and if I could just look down and see the city, that would be incredible. Gotta hustle to get there, I suppose.

Update: I moved into a skyscraper in downtown Dallas, and on my days from home I go to a coworking space in another skyscraper. Here's a doodle I made from one of my perches. 

The scribbles in the middle and on the right edge are what I do to get my ballpoint pens working.  I usually do this no matter if my pen's been acting up, since I'd prefer scribbles than a gross-looking attempt to write text or draw something.