I've been picking away at a winter version of last year's Future Toronto illustration. I'm hoping to have prints available by December. The image above is a WIP, and so far I like this version the best. I'm planning to add a lot more life to it, unlike previous versions which didn't have any people visible (except for the tiny guy in the boat fishing). One of the advantages of a flooded Toronto in winter is there's lots of places to skate...
This image and others will be in a calendar called "Fallen Toronto", which will be produced as an award to funders of a successful kickstarter campaign for a sci-fi web series called Haphead.
Large prints of this version will also be available soon at Spacing City Store in Toronto.
The following text accompanies my drawing "Hiding Places":
"There is a long tradition in art of capriccio, or architectural fantasy. But wheras most imaginary architecture rises up, the architectural imaginings of Canadian artist Mathew Borrett often go down, extending underground in fascinatingly detailed cutaway views of interlocking rooms, tunnels, stairways, and halls.
Borrett created many of the drawings in his "Room Series" with size-005 Pigma Micron pens on Stonehenge printmaking paper. His tones are built up with multidirectional hatching, creating rich darks and smoothing the appearance of texture. Those tones are contrasted with key areas of open white, which often represents the earth into which the artist's imagined spaces are carved. Simultaneously playful and spooky, his divided spaces always seem to lead back into unseen depths, leaving the viewer's imagination to define the scale of the structures. There is an Escher-like quality in the suggestion of mazes and secret places in which to get lost.
Borrett studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University), in Toronto, and works as a visual FX artist for the film and television industries. When he can, however, he takes to ink and paper and carves into the strata of his imagination, leaving intricate pathways to to a hidden world."