It took 3 months for Carl Lavia to sketch the entire city of Dundee
The magic hand artist (Carl Lavia) popularly known as “sketch” has been drawing many-sided cities and architecturally-minded illustrarion since he was the age of five. Despite the fact that his early works were imaginative renderings of fictionalized cities, his training has developed into tremendously nitty gritty depictions of large urban communities from an aerial perspective. Lavia uses ink and archival paper to produce each drawing, which appear like maps from a distance, but have a loose, almost Impressionist style when viewed up close.
In 2016 Lavia combined with photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel to form the project “#69Cities,” which means to make a portrait of the entire United Kingdom through expansive scale drawings of its 69 cities. It takes 3 months for Lavia to create each drawing in the expansive project, with Le Bredonchel reporting the whole process from his wall-sized sketches to their time investigating every city by foot.
So far the team has gone to Birmingham and Manchester, England just as Edinburgh, Dundee, Stirling, and Perth, Scotland. The finished Perth drawing will be on display at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery toward the end of his month, and be on view through January 2020. Whenever finished, Lavia and Le Bredonchel plan to build up an application that will enable visitors to investigate each drawing in a vivid 3D landscape.
Dundee is the latest cityscape completed, showing now at the McManus Art Gallery and Museum. It took 3 months and over 100 pens to create this 3-meter cityscape.