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Secret City: Prologue, About the book

I purchased a Fabriano "Leporello" sketchbook while traveling in Europe in February 2020.
The book itself is roughly 4.5"X6.5" and unfolds almost 7 feet.
Always fascinated with the narrow streets and alleyways of places like Venice and Prague, I originally wanted to do just regular sketches from my travels. But traveling in a group, with a packed schedule, I often don't get to start drawing until I get back home and by then, the idea has lost its luster. So instead I decided to make a storybook which was one continuous illustration and incorporate some buildings from my travels. But I also wanted to capture the feeling of mystery and intrigue I've felt as a tourist.
Some of the artists that inspired the style of art: Edward Gorey, Richard Sala, Moebius, Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

1st page of The Secret City. Before I really knew what I wanted to do in the book.

1st page of The Secret City. Before I really knew what I wanted to do in the book.

Secret City: View of the Fabriano Accordion-fold sketchbook.

Secret City: View of the Fabriano Accordion-fold sketchbook.

Secret City: View of the Fabriano Accordion-fold sketchbook.

Secret City: View of the Fabriano Accordion-fold sketchbook.