The tenth of Calvino's 55 Invisible Cities and my fourth illustration for the project, Isaura. You can see the entire series so far, which includes work from my partners in this project Joe Kuth and Leighton Connor at our tumblr Seeing Calvino.
"Isaura, city of the thousand wells, is said to rise over a deep,
subterranean lake. On all sides, wherever the inhabitants dig long
vertical holes in the ground, they succeed in drawing up water, as far
as the city extends, and no farther. Its green border repeats the dark
outline of the buried lake; an invisible landscape conditions the
visible one; everything that moves in the sunlight is driven by the
lapping wave enclosed beneath the rock’s calcareous sky."
10 inches by 8 inches
ink on watercolor paper
June 3, 2014