Crustacean is another in a series of asymmetrical mechanical drawings inspired by nineteenth century lithographs of industrial machinery. In this drawing are depictions of gears, pulleys, motors and drive belts, and random mechanical structures. The most basic design is intended to resemble a clock mechanism with pendulums and gears, but the drawing began to evolve into a quasi-living form. I began to think of the structure as a sea snail :the tractor tracks and suspension system are the foot of the snail, the searchlight and various related appendages are the antennae. Multiple layers link together to form an integrated mechanism.

Crustacean Steve Pitts drawing










I have always been fascinated with machines and war. This drawing is a collage of the machinery of war: tanks, attack helicopters, missiles, artillery and bomber aircraft. In the center is the cockpit view of an aircraft on a runway getting ready for takeoff, surrounded by instrumentation and mechanical structures. Also incorporated in the design are archetypical symbols meant to depict the apocalyptic nature of modern war, which will eventually lead to Armageddon: The Star of David, which will appear prominently on the battlefield, and the Mayan Ninth Lord of the Night, which symbolizes the beginning of the end.

Armageddon is a 14 X 17 pen and ink drawing, drawn using a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. Once the design is created, the final image is drawn over the pencil drawing freehand in ink. The primary design for the drawing is a two-fold symmetry axis reflecting a mirror image of the upper and lower halves. This drawing is available in 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20 archival quality prints. The 16×20 print has the same dimensions as the original drawing, just printed on slightly larger paper.

Armageddon 8x10

Here are close-up details of this drawing.

Armageddon 1


Armageddon 2




This is one of my first mandala style drawing that attempts to portray real structures: gears, wheels, motors, armatures, discs, turbines and machines surfaces. Today, this drawing can fall into the Steampunk category, although that term did not yet exist when I created this drawing. The primary structure is based on a roto-inverted two-fold symmetry axis. I am inspired by the amazing graphic quality of old lithographs of locomotive trains and mining equipment from the 1800s and I have borrowed from such designs to create this drawing. This drawing  required over 100 hours to draw. Machine is a 14″x17″ pen and ink drawing, drawn using a 6×0 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor.

Machine 8x10

Here are some close-ups of portions of the drawing so you can understand the level of detail. Each segment of the drawing is perfectly symmetrical. It took hours of planning to conceive and draw each of the tiny gears and mechanical elements, then to draw them in perfect symmetry on the opposite side of the drawing.

machine1 machine2 machine3