Crystal Cities Illustration

by Laughing Stock on October 19, 2009

Spending some time with illustrator Rob Dunlavey in his studio was a great adventure, which I’d like to share with you. One of his many visual explorations, aptly named, Crystal Cities, is a sparkling and inventive journey into an imaginative architectural realm of over 160 artworks for all to enjoy….

Crystal Cities at Laughing Stock
Q: What was the creative inspiration for Crystal Cities, Rob? Crystal Cities grew out of work I was doing in my sketchbooks in December 2008. At that time I was making drawings with crayons as a resist and painting over them with ink. The simple, geometric designs intrigued me. Varying my media but using a consistent vocabulary of forms continually delights me as the pictures express themselves. I now have about 160 paintings and drawings that comprise the series. It’s open ended and I still explore the theme but part of my time now is spent developing new ideas for children’s book. Crystal Cities might feed into that.
Crystal Cities at Laughing Stock
Another exciting development of the series is creating paper sculptures that really are cities. Here are a few examples:
Crystal Cities at Laughing Stock
Q. What are your goals / intentions for this project? How would you like to see this work placed in the “real world” marketplace? The most immediate market for these images has been gallery exhibitions. I showed them this past summer in Connecticut and I have a show in Paris in December as well as smaller exhibits in Boston and Wellesley in 2010. I’d like to license the existing images for use in stationery, limited edition posters, cards and possibly housewares. With the development of the sculptures, I imagine these as theater sets or being used in animated film projects.
Crystal Cities at Laughing Stock
Crystal Cities at Laughing Stock
My personal fulfillment is profound in making these works of art. I love having a blank paper in front of me and having no clue what will be on it at the end of an hour! But I know that in that period of time that I will seek a way to make something that is beautiful, enchanting, delightful, intriguing and open ended. In short, a place that people of all ages will want to explore. Explore Rob’s portfolio at Laughing Stock. Contact us if you are interested in developing a Crystal Cities licensing project with Rob: 508-460-6058

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