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Rooms within rooms, endless cities and labyrinthine structures
April 9, 2014 9:05 PM   Subscribe

"I hope that a viewer will be able to put themselves in my spaces. To that end I’ve avoided adding any figures of any kind to inhabit the rooms, so the viewer is free to imagine themselves inhabiting them if they choose. Some people find them claustrophobic, others want to linger. The detail draws in the viewer, though I’ve also seen it repel the odd person. I enjoy the combination of the creepy and the whimsical. Perhaps this boils down to wanting my drawings to be haunted in the same way that my dreams locales often feel haunted." Excerpt from an interview with Matthew Borrett, an artist/illustrator who draws black and white rooms, scenes from unreal worlds, and some more realistic settings.
posted by filthy light thief (7 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, this shit is neat. I feel like he should be illustrating the covers of Philip K Dick paperbacks thirty years ago.
posted by item at 9:47 PM on April 9 [1 favorite]


Wow, amazing work. The black and white ones are like perspective-corrected Escher drawings, and I recognized this neighbourhood before reading which city that album was about.
posted by ceribus peribus at 10:03 PM on April 9


Hey neat - Matt is a co-worker of mine. We also worked together on the vfx for this; he created the exterior shots of the factory. Good guy, really creative. (obviously!)
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 10:43 PM on April 9 [2 favorites]


Needs some random encounter tables.
posted by pseudocode at 2:33 AM on April 10 [2 favorites]


Needs some random encounter tables

Yeah, when is the 2014 one-page dungeon contest?

*googles*

Coming soon!

... anyway - I like this, thanks filthy light thief.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 3:01 AM on April 10


These are excellent, thanks for sharing!
posted by Acey at 3:28 AM on April 10


I love this so much.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 10:33 AM on April 10


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