Invisible Cities Thumbnails | Argia (17-30)


Argia is a dark and dingy city hidden deep beneath the ground with no entrance/exit.

Calvino describes Argia as being very tight, so tight that it's unknown if the citizens can move around.

I decided not to make it too close and claustrophobic because, without room to move, the people living here would just die. However, I made the city dank and dirty, surrounded by rocks with no citizens outside to achieve a similar effect.

My favourite of these is definitely 17. I think it represents Calvino's description the best as it looks very dark and dirty with some kind of clutter lining the streets.

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  1. Why not create an extended drawing of no 17 - so shrink it down and paste it into another widescreen composition and grow the drawing outwards to expand on that promising space.