The city fascinates me, no it totally absorbes me, actually it excites me to such degree that I feel like spending hours, days, weeks and sometimes months recreating in fine detail my impressions of all great cities I’ve visited.


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Mainly from memory, I reconstruct whole cities in pen and ink and not a single little detail is lost on me: streetlights, subway entrances, shopfronts, park benches, yes, even curtains in windows. None of it is left out so I can reproduce as much as possible the same sensation I had when walking through the places which hold my fascination even long after I’ve left. I must admit I do make sketches in pen or watercolour on the spot sometimes if I get stuck and in case of an creative emergency I resort to photographic material, but only as a support.

New York above all, but also Rome, London, Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence and many, many other places provide me with an endless amount of images and perspectives fit for reproduction or to be used in imaginary but highly realistic metropolises which could actually exist.

Below you can see a few examples of my work. Enjoy!

More info: stefanbleekrode.exto.org

I reconstruct whole cities in pen and ink and not a single little detail is lost

Spacca Napoli, Naples

New York

Centro Storico, Italy

Parisian Boulevard At Night

Village In Cinque Terre

Vienna, Austria

Washington Square In New York

Berne, Switzerland

Evening In Paris

New York City At Night

Shard tower By The River Thames

Bucharest, Romania

My Imaginary American City

Broadway And 5th In Manhattan

My Invented Metropolis By The Sea