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Vertical Cities is back as a revised second edition – even more obsessive, intricate linework than before!

In addition to some general edits, patterned areas now fill out most of the previously white expanses – it's got a bit more depth and dimensionality as a result. Check out full views of the new pics for a better glimpse!

I began the sketch for Vertical Cities in 2007. You can check out the original, much rougher, drafts at my flickr ( The more fully-realized drawing & inking soon followed, which took about six months to complete.

The concept's pretty self-explanatory: an imaginary, somewhat utopian, city reconfigured from the standard horizontal plane to a vertical one. Reimagining public transportation on a vertical plane (local & express elevators in lieu of subways) was a really fun thing to plan out, in addition to trying to determine which places of business to include where. It also gave me plenty of great excuses to walk around Chicago neighborhoods that summer soaking in various doorknob shapes and balcony configurations!

Vertical Cities is a limited edition of 300, letterpressed on 110 lb. cover (300gsm) Lettra letterpress paper from Crane's, in Fluorescent White. Each print is signed and numbered. It is unframed, and the paper dimensions are 11"x25", with a 1/2-inch inside white border.

Original letterpress print - Vertical Cities (revised 2nd edition)

$50.00 USD
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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: pencil, pen, ink, letterpress, paper, press, ruler, obsession, computer, Illustrator
  • Ships worldwide from Illinois, United States
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