Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Year of the Apocalypse

322 days ago I started a painting project. I didn't have any time for a new project, so I decided I'd get up at 6am, three days a week, and paint for an hour. I figured it would take me three months. Now, almost a year later, it's done.

The image was created using Google maps satellite imagery as a guide.
The initial layer was set down using watercolors to mark out the neighborhoods, roads, areas of vegetation, and ruins.

Once the basic colors were laid out, I used ink pens to add the detail level. This is a technique I've used before.

But this time I added an additional step between the watercolor and the pen where I deepened the shadows and major features before adding the ink. This gave the picture a lot more depth, but is also why it took 8 months longer than expected.

You can view the full final Full size Seattle Postapocalypse image on my Flickr account.

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Blogger Timrod said...

Man that's cool! Love the cruise ship debacle. And what the hell is that building that's groping Sounders Stadium?

September 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Blogger Arkhein said...

This is very awesome! Love the detail.

- Ark

September 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Blogger Lum said...

I like how the EMP is spreading like Gremlins hit by water.

September 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Blogger Ville Takanen said...

Any chance of putting this up to a site offering posters on demand ;-)

September 26, 2012 at 3:42 AM

Blogger tony dowler said...

Thanks everybody! I'm glad you like the picture. Yes, I do plan to make it available in some kind of poster format. I'm still looking for the best way to do that, though.

September 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Blogger John Powell said...

That's Totally Wicked!

September 26, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Blogger Al said...


September 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Blogger Edgar Johnson said...

So very cool.

September 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM


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October 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Blogger BRUTUS MOTOR said...

Looking forward to getting my hands on one of those posters!

October 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Blogger joseph browning said...

Just saw this... beautiful!

December 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM


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