I felt satisfied with the blackout image I had done that I decided to start with colour tonight so I know I have made further progress with the project. I suppose it does not look too bad, I added a couple of light and shadow layers to give an impression of depth but for now I don't know if it feels solid enough yet. Further refinement and additions of shading could make the whole place more real however so I will keep at it. Maybe I sohuld extend the background illumination so it encapsulates the whole distant landscape? In keeping with Treacy's love of nature I'm planning to scatter these expansive rooftops with greenspaces; gardens, flowerbeds, maybe the odd cherry-blossom to return it to give reason as to the name "city of a thousand petals". I want to uphold the impression that peopel adore nature in this city located in some deeply remote Chinese valley. Maybe these rooftops are where activity also goes on? They seem good enough a site for parks.
I suppose if I get stuck for now I can always move on to orthographic drawings. For this one I have a couple of key buildings scattered around the foreground. Particularly the one with the sails and the stalk-like building in the centre of the image that perhaps draws the viewer's eye.
In progressing with this project however, I am being reminded why I considered architecture to sate my desire to build worlds: I wanted these places in my head to come alive, to make them real, to be able to touch them, visit them, perhaps wander around them using a method outside of my mental space. It might be escapism in some aspects but the idea of designing these worlds so that others could explore them and be as awestruck as I am at their vision is what drew me to this course and to a university education. It doesn't matter now if its my city or something someone else came up with. I am starting ot get a real joy out of helping to bring other peoples' creations to life. It makes me exited to press on with this project and towards the final outcome!