Before painting or creating a new city, I always take some time to think about the city I want to paint or create, and concentrate on its characteristics:
- Is it a happy or sad city?
- Is it abstract or does it have some recognisable feature as described in Calvino’s book?
- What colours do I want to use?
After giving it some thought, I start sketching some ideas. The sketching process may take as little as 5 minutes or as long as a few days, depending on how complex the design will be.
I keep sketching until I am satisfied with the idea behind the city I am visualising.
Sometimes I refer to old sketches, which I find in my sketchbooks: I might look for a specific architectural feature or simply find inspiration in shape or mood. Sometimes I just look at my sketches in order to get my inspirational juices flowing, and sometimes I just seek pleasure in looking back at older images.
This is how I get started