In an era when we are bombarded by multiple images each second with visual media, it can be immensely satisfying to take the time to consider and pore over a drawn image for its nuance and detail.
The art of Spiros Karkavelas, who has kindly provided the image at the top of this website, is rich in both. His futuristic depictions employ heavy shading and stern color tones that make his images seem visceral rather than purely technical. Broad pastel-like lines frame detailed equipment and visages that offer up an element of character to even otherwise inanimate objects, such as the robot soldiers whose legs dangle delicately beneath a remotely-flown helicopter about to deploy them into action.
The act of pausing to consider an image such as this one, with its attendant detail and meaning, is increasingly rare and for that reason all the more worthwhile for what it reveals about the artist’s imagination and our own attention to alternative visions of the future.