To be really honest… I got some new square watercolor paper – and I like square stuff – for example, when I a am cropping photos for blogs, facebook, etc., and it get close to a square, I will force the edit into a square. On the new square paper, I did this earlier face, then the city above.
The city above is along the lines of the earlier expressionist city pieces – see this and follow the links there - with the longest historic explantion of expressionist cities here.
For a long time I did cities as backgrounds (one of my favorites here, a few more too.) Lately I’ve been sometimes taking away the sort of central portrait in front of the backdrop – and just letter the city be the subject.
The corner is a tiny bit based on an imagined view looking south at 3rd and Vermont – just a few blocks from where I live – in L.A.’s Koreatown. The pawn shop would be the southwest corner, the Big B[ox] would be on the southeast corner. It’s not a portrait of that intersection though – just sort of inspired by it.