Thursday, February 5, 2015

Industrial Fantasy 2

I'd like to visit a steel mill someday, but there aren't very many near where I live, or even in the USA. There are lots of steel mills in China. What I really want to see is the blast furnace and all the melting pots and flames and showers of sparks. It's just like a volcano. Some years ago a friend of mine who is a metallurgical engineer and miniature builder shared his extensive library of metallic and railroad industry images with me. He also showed me a somewhat pornographic video called "Hot Metal," which takes the viewer on a tour of a steel mill and blast furnace, sparks and molten flames included. There are other people like me who love heavy industry just for the Ayn Rand thrill of it. The power of man to transform earth into fountains of molten metal! I like oil refineries too, with their gas burnoff sacred fires mounted on masts. This all inspires my artistic impulse but I have to use photos in books. What you see in this doodle is NOT a real mill or furnace but a conglomeration of shapes and lines from the industrial world. I love that smokestack lightning.

Sepia brown technical pen ink on sketchbook page, about 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", February 4, 2015.

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