Tenochtitlan, Capital Of The Aztec Empire

Hopefully the first in a series, the poster below is named after the Aztech capital whose arts and crafts—or specifically whose patterns it is inspired by.

Tenochtitlan_01

As a kid I used to draw labyrinths all the time, pen on paper; as an adult, ballpen on paper—usually while on the phone. It feels good to finally give those labyrinths the time they deserve, even if it means pixels on paper.

7 thoughts on “Tenochtitlan, Capital Of The Aztec Empire”

  1. Ranjani says:

    Lovely interlocking pattern and the colors are just earthy enough to make the texture stand out. Just a tip: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Aztec spelled with an “h” 😉

  2. Joen says:

    Wow that’s a pretty embarrassing typo! Pretty lucky I didn’t include that in the picture!

    Thanks for the comment, btw.

  3. Xulq says:

    Guru, nice of you that you posted all the steps while creating the art work. Can you please post a tutorial or PSD too?

  4. Joen says:

    Guru, nice of you that you posted all the steps while creating the art work. Can you please post a tutorial or PSD too?

    I can do a tutorial on creating that textury look one day, if that’s of interest?

    The thing is, this specific image, is pretty hard to tutor because there’s not really any trick to it. It was a matter of painting all the shadows — much work — and then adding textures.

  5. Xulq says:

    Hmm… Then I guess you can post the PSDs, if thats not a problem?

  6. Xulq says:

    Great! am waiting for it then…

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