I am so happy to say that I finally finished my most recent drawing, “Destruction of Troy.” It took me around 1350 hours to complete over the course of around three years. This is by far the greatest achievement of my life so far.
The drawing itself is drawn freehand with a mechanical pencil. It is 10 feet long by 3 feet tall.
It is a depiction of the walls and gates of Troy as they are being destroyed by the Trojan War. The monster to the right of “Destruction of Troy” represents the “Horse” and it is destroying the city. The locks on the gates each represent a different Greek god on the Greek side of the Trojan war, symbolizing that the gates betrayed the city by letting the horse in. I have architectural entities floating in the sky as well, each one representing a Greek god on the Trojan side of the war as though they are lamenting the city. I have the whole thing crumble down into the ruins found today at the hypothetical site of the Trojan War. I also hid various messages in the drawing coded in a language that I created that combines my favorite mathematical sequence (the Fibonacci sequence) with sheet music.
Maxwell Tilse is an Australian illustrator now living in London currently backpacking and keeping a comic diary of my travels.
On his current trip he has mostly done quick pencil sketches outside. After, he finds a warm cozy place to finish the drawing with a hot meal and a cold beer. Here are a few of the finished postcard sketches of the cities he has visited.
Images identified from the top:
Crumlaw, Czech Republic
London, United Kingdom
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Teltsch, Czech Republic
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Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture
As part of our Citizens and Borders initiative, we have launched a digital exhibition of works from MoMA’s collection by artists who immigrated to the U.S., often as refugees in search of safe haven. The works were chosen by staff across the Museum, and represent a range of mediums—painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, performance, film, design, and architecture—and a span of nearly 100 years.
We’ll be posting a selection of those works here over the next week, but you can explore all the works at mo.ma/crossingborders.