I have recently realized, that I enjoy drawing but I also like experimenting with animation. I most enjoy drawing backgrounds, like landscapes or cities. Problem is, that there are billions of landscape drawings/paintings that I find much better than mine, which makes me feel bad and deeply unoriginal. And I’d like to make something slightly different. So I though I might try to do one of my landscape pictures and add a little animation to it, make a little gif picture, or even add sound, make a video and put it to YouTube. Putting something on YouTube is a great idea. If I put the picture on my website, only very few people will see it. Putting it on YouTube means that millions of people from all over the world will have the opportunity to ignore it, which makes me feel much better.
Anyway, Lost City. At first, I just wanted to draw a very detailed picture of a city with pencil, and then ink it. The idea was, that it would be very detailed and that it would look great (that’s always the idea, rarely the result). When I finished with the pencil version, I realized I may have gone too far with the details in pencil, considering I would ink the picture and erase all the pencil. I’ve changed my mind and decided to keep the pencil lines and add colors to it in computer.
After doing part of the coloring, I have come up with the idea for adding animation to the picture. My idea for the animation is, that the picture is black and white. Then, a wizard appears on one of the roofs (it’s a city, there are roofs), does some magical stuff and brings color to the whole thing. It’s quite simple, doesn’t involve too much of the animation and it could look nice. I think. Anyway, below are the black and white version of the drawing of the city and the partly colored one. This last paragraph describes the current state of the project (if I can use such a big word as project), this is where I am now.
You can find larger version of the illustration here.