Close Quarters Series

Close Quarters series started as a sketch entry for the Architectural Record magazine's 2014 Napkin Sketch Competition in which I won first place for the non-registered architect category. For more information about this competition, the winning entries and the story behind my winning sketch, click the green button below. As a result, that winning sketch became Close Quarters I and started the series.

The first 4 installments of the series represent my artistic expressions of the dense urban landscape found in slum neighborhoods or “squatters” of Tondo, Manila, “favelas” of Rio de Janeiro and other similar urban settings. For the 5th installment the concept was to replace the compact dilapidated houses of the slums with houses similar to the ones found in American suburban neighborhoods. Basically, Close Quarters V became a visual study of what that concept would look like. Close Quarters VI is more of a depiction of the current American suburban neighborhoods. For these art pieces I used pen and ink for every single line drawn and colored pencils for shadows and textures.

Close Quarters VI

46" wide x 35" tall, ink and colored pencils on paper

Original is still available

8 copies with deckle edges, signed and numbered

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Close Quarters V

32" wide x 20" tall, ink and colored pencils on paper

Original is still available

8 copies with deckle edges, signed and numbered

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Close Quarters IV

ink on Bristol paper, cut and layered; framed with embedded

lighting with programmable lighting effects,

artwork has been sold

actual artwork size: 24" wide x 6.5" high x 2" deep,

frame included, frame size: 30" wide x 13" high x 3.5" deep

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Close Quarters III

22" wide x 30" tall, ink and colored pencils on Arches paper

Original has been sold

15 copies with deckle edges, signed and numbered (11 sold)

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Close Quarters II

18" wide x 24" tall, ink on Arches paper

Original still available with optional frame (frame size opening: 24"x30")

10 copies with deckle edges, signed and numbered (6 sold)

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