A drawing to end the 2011 year.
I drew influences from Chinese cities, Mamoru Oshii, and Heng Sha city from Deus Ex: HR. I wanted this drawing to contain social inequity in the architectural sense. From the bottom, the houses appear as if they're remnants of the last century, where the poor people live in poverty. Then you have the cityscape where the middle class lives. After that you got the advanced skyscraper/military complex where the elite and government lives, away from the suffering at the bottom. Yet, the poor people are enveloped in culture, while the elite lives with no knowledge of their humble beginnings.
清蓝山 is a stronghold which contains a high grade military fortress at the top of the city, which houses almost 100 Crafts, with missile pods and cannons to repel terrorists and radical military groups.
I will also integrate this city, and the Chinese culture into my story. It will be a fictitious city of course, but I want the culture represented, just as I want Islam, Christianity, American, Russian, and African cultures to be in the story. The Windrider story is not just about mechs. It's about globalization and religious fundamentalism, and how technologically advanced weaponry and capitalism will combine with these factors to destroy the world.
The theme is also partly to make a comment on China as a whole. This summer I went back and what I saw was "The ruins of the future stood in the glory of the past". I've been in Canada for 11 years and people keep telling me "Oh China is so rich now", and what I say to that is BULLSHIT. China may have beautiful architecture and rich people in the cities, but most people still live in poverty. Tourists stick to the rich areas and rarely venture to poor districts to see how real people live.
.....Yet, the nightlights still shine in my heart. I miss it dearly.