‘Seattle’, a stunning print/love letter by Rick Murphy

'Seattle' poster by Rick Murphy

Falling in love with the city you live in is a beautiful thing. Being able to express that love through art is one of the most beautiful gestures of all. That’s what Rick Murphy has done with his new print, simply titled, Seattle.

I asked Rick about his piece and this is what he said.

The geometry choices come from our skyline being made up of vertical buildings and angular mountains. I find that limiting yourself to a small set of design rules helps decision-making and gives your work a cohesive finish. Everything here was drawn from the vertical, horizontal or forty-five degree angle. The objects that didn’t immediately lend themselves to this style were “pushed through it” and ended up having the best solutions.

For most of 2012 (the year I worked on this project), the Space needle was painted orange to celebrate it’s 50th birthday. Orange was it’s original color when it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. I was limiting myself to four colors and you’ll generally need two shades of any hue to render lighting. This led me to choose a light and dark color from the orange side of the wheel and obviously the same technique went into selecting the blues for the sea, sky and dark shadows.

You can grab yourself a print for $35 by clicking here.

'Seattle' poster by Rick Murphy

'Seattle' poster by Rick Murphy

'Seattle' poster by Rick Murphy

Bobby Solomon

June 18, 2013 / By

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