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Mortal Engines - London by sketchy-doodles Mortal Engines - London by sketchy-doodles
London
“...a moving mountain of metal which rose in 7 tiers like the layers of a wedding cake, the lower layers wreathed in engine smoke...”
Phillip Reeve, Mortal Engines


Done for my Negotiated final project for uni, first in a series of five.



Mechanical pencil lineart, coloured in Photoshop, full size is A3 printed out!
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CaptainAbLovegood Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
urhg i love this so much, so many artist have chosen to show london as this neat stack of houses but i honestly believe it would be just like this, barely clinging on to the engine with string and a payer <3 
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Harizonia Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now THIS is a traction city!!!!!!!
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Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I loved reading the Mortal Engines series (and the Fever Crumb trilogy too)! I loved to imagine the traction cities rolling across the wasteland. I'd ramble more but I'm sure you've read them yourself. 

My point is that your interpretations of the cities are brilliant! Clap 
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FearlessFoil Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
<3
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KramenGalore Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Really good imagining from a wonderful book. Thanks for bringing it to life :)
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :)
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Youscared Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Does anyone here actually know who shrike is? Cause' I do :3
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Roytrommely261 Featured By Owner Edited May 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I do. I should think many others do too. Physcotic Techno-zombie alert!
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Steelshaper06 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
wow, its shocking how close this is to how i imagined london reading mortal engines for the first time, thank you...
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)))
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Valgavs Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
COOOL! this is more like the way i though the city was, some sort of howl's moving castle, nice work :D
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :D
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StalkerGrike Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
The style seems like that used in the Edge Chronicles. Very well put together. I like the tier arrangements.
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
well spotted, Chris Riddell is one of my idols :)
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AlexDartois Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Very nice, very Gilliam.
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!! :)
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Esurio-Citadel-1996 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Have a look at my mezzotint engraving called 'Hungry City' which I produced in 1996. I think you might like my work, visit www.martinlangford.com or check out my deviations.
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Patty1234 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Photographer
To me, this work is what I imagine to a very abstract version of the Traction Cities, but I still think its an amazing piece :)

I particularly like the way you have designed the Jaws of London; the styling reminds me of the gaping maw of a vicious animal. Which in some ways I guess the Cities were >.< trundling around, gobbling each other up.

A very imaginitive piece, I love it :3

I have also made an interpretation of London, for my Art A-Level - check it out :) [link]

I am hoping to create a colour version soon using matte painting or a similar technique in photoshop :D
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yes mine are in no way realistic, much more decorative pieces of illustration than designs for a movie set or similar! :D Think Howls Moving Castle with its own personality. In the books the citys are sometimes anthropomorphised as almost living beasts, and in the end that's what I latched onto. 3 of mine have eyes hidden on them :3

Funnily enough I started with a drawing similar to yours! Only instead of looking upwards it was more of an airships eye view. It looks like you too had a lot of fun putting all the details in there :D
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Patty1234 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Photographer
interesting :) and yeah I agree; its an amazing concept. I wish I had thought of it xD

haha indeed I had lots of fun drawing it :) Especially adding little anachronisms like Battersea Power Station, and the houses of parliament and stuff :)
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! Are you doing any more cities for your project? Or concentrating on London?
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Patty1234 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Student Photographer
Since the project is a personal study I've developed the idea into making my hometown into a moving city - took a similar concept, and added lots of architecture or buildings that identify my home city as what it is - for example on the uppermost tier is a building called the Point, which at one time was the only multiplex cinema in the country :3 been open since 1977 - so i figured it was important heritage, in the same way that St Paul's is historically important to London. but yeah - I'm working on designs for it currently :D I'd scan them in but its covered in perspective lines, so it looks really scruffy atm xD in the end it should be on a canvas, hopefully in a scene where it is chasing down a small townlet to nom on. I'm oddly excited about painting that :D
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
oh that sounds really cool! Please send me a link to it once you've done it? :D I'd love to see.
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Patty1234 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Student Photographer
I certainly shall! :D
the designs should be finished by tomorrow, so I shall bring my sketchbook home and scan them in for the viewing pleasures of the DA community :D
I'll add you to devWatch so I remember :)
:hug: thank you for your interest in my work ^^
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Mekgineer-Magyks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
reaaally good drawing but can i ask a question? This is more for the readers, but u know the buildings facing outwards on the tiers, well are there more buildings behind the visible ones? i suddenly thought of tht lol and was wondering if so, how would light get to those buildings?
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The ones away from the sunlight would be for the more unlucky people who couldn't afford to live further out, I'd guess. One of the cities in the books travels out in the cold and the rich live in the middle and the poor on the outside, so I think it would be the same for the other cities issues. That's just my interpretation of course :D

Down in the bottom of London is where undesirables are forced to work, and never see daylight at all...
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Mekgineer-Magyks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
hrm yeah - i love the new illustrations done by David Wyatt!! Head over to [link] (mortal engines website, illustrations page) to see them all. You can also download them as wallpaper for ur desktop.

I have to say, my favourite moment is when London is ressurrected on a Magnetic Levitation System, and the anti-tractionist general, seeing it rise from the ruins, orders the army to cease firing at it - "Tractionist city? Where? That,over there, is a very large, low-flying airship"
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You just spoilered the last book for me :P I haven't got to that bit yet!

I love the covers - you reminded me I need to look up what else David Wyatt has done, I recognise his name
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Photophore Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009   Photographer
Wow! Im amazed how well you caught the feeling of london from The Mortal Engines. Im just finishing the last book in the series right now, Im glad to see such wonderful art spring from the book! Brillant!
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! They're fantastic books aren't they :D
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Straif5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Nice. London FTW! Although I imagined it more cake like. Still, to each his own, I guess.
Any chance of doing one with MEDUSA firing?
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feed-me-a-stray-cat Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Om!
Om nom nom. Is and always will be my favourite of the lot of them :)
It's the huge bulkiness that I just love! Like I can look at it and actually imagine the awkwardness in which it rolls across the landscape.
Om <3
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Snitter Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Writer
WHOOOA!!! This is so intensely awesome! I remember seeing your first sketches of this and WOW, it's great seeing how far you've come! Excellent, excellent work!
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I've developed so much during this project :D Thanks!
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CheeseWarrior Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love these mortal engine drawings. I never read the book myself but you seem to have captured the essense of the short snippets in your artist's comments wonderfully. I like how St Paul's is a shocking white compared to the dull brown buildings around it, the intricate detail is incredible.
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Straif5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Dude, you have got to read the books. If you like this now, you'll like it better when you really know the universe
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sketchy-doodles Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You need to read them ;D

...I still need to finish the 4th one though D:

They were drawn out A3 size because A4 was too small for the detail!
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CheeseWarrior Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I can imagine, that's a lot of pen marks you need to fit in there!
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