Saturday, May 13, 2006

Toronto back alleys pt 7



This one's really more like Toronto back yards.

I enjoy drawing in all the wires, cable-boxes, satelite dishes, pipes and antennaes that sprout out of downtown homes. To me, these back yards and alleys are natural places. They seem to evolve slowly and in unexpected ways - a new rooftop deck here, a new addition to the kitchen there (maybe with some aluminum siding and a rebuilt laundry pole) -- it all seems very organic. Its in sharp contrast to all the giant waterfront condos and preplanned communities going up around Toronto lately.

9 comments:

rls said...

Damn, Michael. I thought the Toronto back alleys you've done before were alweady fantastic but these latest ones are on a whole other level. I especially love amazing level of detail you've put into that last one. The way you've put in all the different levels of value and texture just make my eyes pop. I'm so jealous of your talent.

the doodlers said...

After walking around Toronto today it's a pleasure to find these sketches on your blog. Feels like home.

Mike Thompson said...

Terrific illustrations, Michael. I love the green you've chosen. Nice work, and very authentic.

Noel said...

I'm a late comer to your work and find your art refreshing! Thanks for sharing them.

logan's runner said...

I'm always amazed at how you can slather so much black on a page and still make it seem like a bright sunny day. These are all very nice pieces again!

Alina Chau said...

your illustrations are amazing!! Love them a lot!

m cho said...

rls -- Thanks, dude. That's high praise coming from you.

Doodlers -- thank you!

Mike -- nice of you to stop by again!

Noel -- thaks, Noel: glad you liked them.

Bmc- Thanks always, dude. Glad I did something that met with your approval -- we have such different tastes!

Alina -- thanks, Alina! Your blog is cool!

Matthew Forsythe said...

no one else could make torontonian decay look so good.

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