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 snapshot of what my workspace typically looked like in the spring of 2017.

Vector illustration made in Affinity Designer.

Coffee, Macbook Pro, Wacom Tablet, and my 7th Moleskine Grid Journal.

Here's a blown-up view of the journal sketches. These doodles are actual things I had drawn in my journal around the time of drawing. Below are explanations of each diagram:

[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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. 

[4] 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.

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. 

Update 2018: I guess drawing my aspirations helped me achieve them. I moved into a skyscraper in downtown Dallas, and on days I work from home I go to a co-working space in another skyscraper. Here's a doodle I made from one of my perches.