A marvelously creepy #architecture #illustration by Phoebe Atkey (@phoebeatkey), which brings us up a dark & spooky staircase. Black ink shadows and lines drawn on gray-toned paper, with a few well-placed white ink highlights.
Lighting is a powerful tool. It sets the mood and can control what the viewer sees in a drawing and how they see it. In this stone staircase, Phoebe casts the majority of the view in shadow, making the scene almost look like a bas-relief image. Few spots are left without the inky blackness, and even fewer areas are highlighted in white ink. This makes us feel as though we forgot our own torch or lantern and now must navigate this staired corridor with naught but the gray light trespassing through the foggy, smoke-tinged window. The dark brings apprehension and, interestingly, the white ink highlights almost EMPHASIZES the darkness by showing the few areas where light actually touches directly.
Phoebe could have shown this view in bright light, pointing the stone mortar and detailing the stairs, which would have been a grand scene of an illustrious stair climb . The light from the window could have been passed through stained glass, or some different type of glass that would have cascaded the light differently and maybe give us a bit of hope that the destination of the climb wouldn't be so gloomy.
But instead we are left apprehensive in the darkness, wondering what... or who... is around the next bend. Our experience of this micro-scene is in Phoebe's hands... and I for one welcome the dark uncertainty while I appreciate her artful use of light & shadow. Wonderful work, Phoebe!
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