Sunday, June 28, 2009

L.A. suburban (abstract) strip


  1. I see pictographs of beings & other glyphs, which look as if they were drawn with zippers. rock painting style, or Chinese oracle bone script.

    they also remind me of the chalk giants & horses & so on, carved out of turf: the Uffington white horse, Cerne Abbas giant & friends.

  2. Thanks!

    It was when I was flying last year to LA that I began noticing how the various subdivisions of land can end up looking like abstract comics. I ended up doing that "The World is An Abstract Comic" series on my blog last summer. But I never found on Google Earth the exact sites that I saw, on my descent to LA, that made me realize this. So I decided to reconstruct a strip with views from the suburbs of LA anyway.

  3. I love it! It is also kind of scary!

  4. Really cool strip, Andrei!
    Really minor crit, though: The last image seems to slightly break out of the general visual lanuage of the page, probably because it's a different zoom factor.
    Kind of the same effect like when comic artists create a close-up the quick & dirty way by just enlarging a portion of the preceeding panel. You just see that the brush stokes are too big and the visual continuum gets disrupted. Maybe I'm being anal but stuff like that always bothers me.

  5. I know what you're saying, Fufu, but actually they were all taken at exactly the same level of magnification. It's actually the next-to-last panel that bothers me a bit, it seems to have a different kind of contrast/etc., but that's probably just how atmospheric conditions were on the day the satellite pictures were taken. (Or a differently designed subdivision?) I would like to go back and fix it, but unfortunately I didn't mark the coordinates or zoom level on Google Earth, so I'm stuck working with the images I picked at the time.

    But trust me--I did not vary the zoom level at all.


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