Cities & Memory: Diomira

After 3 weeks of thinking and working on DIOMIRA, I finally arrived upon an idea for her.

She was difficult to picture, I made a few drawings that just did not feel like her at all, and suddenly she came to me. I started cutting paper, and realized I was beginning to make her, almost without knowing that I was.

Here is her lovely description!

“Leaving there and proceeding for three days toward the east, you reach Diomira, a city with sixty silver domes, bronze statues of all the gods, streets paved with lead, a golden cock that crows each morning on a tower. All these beauties will already be familiar to a visitor, who has seen them also in other cities. But the special quality of this city for the man who arrives there on a September evening, when days are growing shorter and the multicolored lamps are lighted all at once at the doors of the food stalls and from a terrace a woman’s voice cries ooh!, is that he feels envy toward those who now believe they have once before lived an evening identical to this and who think they were happy, that time.”
- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


I really believe that most of what I draw has an unconsciousness factor to it. When I think too much, inspiration just melts away. If I let my hands just move around the materials around me, ideas come floating in....I just start reacting to the elements around.

Isaura III

Finally, after almost a Month! I finished drawing ISAURA! She´s a beautifull city!

I tried to apply color, but really I love her in black, white and light brown!

Here she is!

¿The technique? Hand drawn Paper, cut and pasted on white paper with ink drawing. In colored image: color applied using photoshop.


Sutil City: Isaura

Sutil City: Isaura

Isaura for Children

Isaura for Children

Isaura II

Today I finished the first sketch for my final illustration of the city of Isaura!

This is the description Calvino does of such beautiful city:

"Isaura, city of the thousand wells, is said to rise over a deep, subterranean lake. On all sides, wherever the inhabitants dig long vertical holes in the ground, they succeed in drawing up water, as far as the city extends, and no farther. Its green border repeats the dark outline of the buried lake; an invisible landscape conditions the visible one; everything that moves in the sunlight is driven by the lapping wave enclosed beneath the rock’s calcareous sky."



55 Invisible Cities Project

Today is my first day posting my recent project: 55 Invisible Cities Illustrations. A project inspired by an Italian writer´s (Italo Calvino) 1972 book called: "Invisible cities" (Le Città Invisibili).

I plan on making an illustration of each of the cities that Marco Polo describes to Kubali Khan. They are beautiful descriptions that just make my imagination fire up!

Heres a quote from the book itself:

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"Marco enters a city; he sees someone in a square living a life or an instant that could be his; he could now be in that man´s place, if he had stopped in time, long ago; or if, long ago, at a crossroads, instead of taking one road he had taken the opposite one, and after long wandering he had come to be in the place of that man in that square. By now, from that real or hypothetical past of his, he is exluded; he cannot stop; he must go to another city, where another of his pasts awaits him, or something perhaps that had been a possible future of his and is now someone else´s present. Futures not achieved are only branches of the past: dead branches."     

I´ll be posting about each city while I´m drawing them, so you can follow up on my progress!

I hope you join me in this adventure!