My latest and greatest serious of work moves from the big apple to the windy city… I am pleased to present the first of many in my new series of Chicago, which for now I will call “ Window with a view”.
After doing a fair bit of travelling on trains, I got obsessed with the structures and details on the tracks, combined with the derelict back ends of buildings. I knew this would be my next project for my drawings.
(If you haven’t already, I would recommend watching the movie “Wanted”. Although the elevated train scenes in Chicago are most definitely CGI, you get a view of the city as the train sweeps between the buildings like no other. This cinematography is a huge part of what inspired my piece motivating me to pick this particular composition to draw.)
Sadly I have not had the opportunity to see these elevated tracks first hand, (the closest to Chicago I have been is a transfer in their airport heading to San Francisco)…but perhaps next time I will have the pleasure!
The viewpoint is from inside the train looking out the window. The challenge for me was to get the angles right not only at eye level which is mid way through the picture due to the elevated tracks, but to also include the view looking down from the train to the street level below; and lastly looking up from the train to the surrounding buildings.
This drawing really stretched me, dragging me kicking and screaming from my comfort zone of 1-2 layers/angles in the view per drawing. However “ Window with a view” has set a new record with 3 consecutive views in one piece.
I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I enjoyed drawing it! Please feel free to ask any questions, or share your thoughts below.