Inspired by Philadelphia’s architecture and the buzzing city life, artist Illustrator and printmaker Guillaume Cornet wanted to depict an intense city atmosphere with 100’s of hidden “slow burners” (characters and intricate elements) in the cityscape.
According to the artist, It took him over 150 hours to draw the drawing, starting from the bottom left corner to right and working my way up (like a printer). No pencils were used, he only used a black ink Rotring pen to draw.
This piece is a limited edition of 10 one layer (black outline) screen prints hand colored on paper. Dimensions 707 x 500mm.
Below is the artist statement:
“As an Illustrator, I have always worked with Characters/Creatures to communicate my inner thoughts, ideas, emotions and situations. At some point I wanted to create an environment for my creatures to grow, a place where I could let my imagination conquer the entire paper.
I decided to push my limits by combining large format illustration, with extreme detail and precision. Uniting the things in life that inspire me the most: Places + People.
Most of the Cityscape and Favela Series are inspired by densely populated areas from cities which I have visited in South America, along with my personal experience from cities where I have lived and worked: Paris, London, Lima and Barcelona. The Characters are based on people and situations I come across in my daily life. But also by unusual sounds, objects, misunderstandings and the world which revolves around me.
In this digital world I have always preferred to work with traditional techniques and analogue processes. Making each piece of work unique and keeping a close contact with the material through each stage of the creative process.”
View more of Guillaume’s work on the Artist Website