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.
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.