philipreeve:

I’ve tried a few times over the years to draw one of the Traction Cities from Mortal Engines, but I’ve never been very happy with the results: perspective and man-made structures really aren’t my strong point.  But I’ve been doing a few pictures lately to go with an e-book guide to the world of the books, The Traction Codex, which will be released later this year.  It seemed incongruous not to have a picture of London, so I had a go, and here’s the result.  It’s partly inspired by the engravings in a five-volume set of Victorian travel books called Picturesque Europe that I inherited from my grandfather. It also owes more than a little to one of my favourite pieces of Mortal Engines fan-art, the picture by Christian Bravery that is currently in pride of place on my official Facebook page.  From him I borrowed the idea of showing the city from behind, where there are lots of interesting smoke stacks and exhaust pipes, rather from the front, with its impossible-to-draw ‘jaws’.  

philipreeve:

I’ve tried a few times over the years to draw one of the Traction Cities from Mortal Engines, but I’ve never been very happy with the results: perspective and man-made structures really aren’t my strong point.  But I’ve been doing a few pictures lately to go with an e-book guide to the world of the books, The Traction Codex, which will be released later this year.  It seemed incongruous not to have a picture of London, so I had a go, and here’s the result.  It’s partly inspired by the engravings in a five-volume set of Victorian travel books called Picturesque Europe that I inherited from my grandfather. It also owes more than a little to one of my favourite pieces of Mortal Engines fan-art, the picture by Christian Bravery that is currently in pride of place on my official Facebook page.  From him I borrowed the idea of showing the city from behind, where there are lots of interesting smoke stacks and exhaust pipes, rather from the front, with its impossible-to-draw ‘jaws’.  

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    Just finished @philipreeve1’s powerfully splendid Mortal Engines & this sketch is exactly how I picture the traction...
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    This book still remains my solid favourite - as a teenager and now as a twenty-something.
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