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.

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Aztec Swastica

Before the Nazis stole the symbol of the swastica, it was a sacred symbol in many cultures. The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being.” The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism. 


Detail of this drawing:

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The drawing portrays a large man-made structure that creates an intricate grid. I admire M.C. Escher and this drawing is inspired by perspective studies such as “Cubic Space Division.”

Labyrinth is an 11×14 pen and ink drawing, drawn using three .25 mm Rapidograph pens with blue, red, and black Kohinoor Trans-Mix Media ink. I crated the initial design using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. The three point perspective was created by attaching additional sheets of drawing paper to the top and lower left and lower right of the original.
Labyrinth 8x10detail: