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!