City and Urban Illustrations – Various Interpretations of the Urban Jungle

Cities are often referred to as the urban jungle, due to the densely packed environment, streets, buildings and people.  Life in cities tends to be more fast paced and unpredictable than life in the country, so it appeals to certain demographics who enjoy this lifestyle, particularly young adults.

Artists often use cities in their artwork, by either interpreting a view of a city and casting it as their own, or by using the city as a metaphor for something else.  Many films are shot in cities, either historical, futuristic, modern day or dystopian, because of the thick narrative that can be woven using the city’s various sectors and characters.  Particularly in science fiction, cities are an essential staple, featured prominently in films such as Soylent Green, Blade Runner, Dark City and the Matrix.

Here are some various interpretations presented in city and urban illustrations.

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City Toys by Vadim Gannenko

Jam City by Zutto

Neo NYC by Pacman23

Cities, Roads & Factories by Loulou and Tummie

Marriage Proposal by Anton Semenov

BLACKROCK – campaign illustration by Philippe Intraligi

POP UP BOOK for Istanbul by Burcu Gunister

Stockholm The Hidden by Kilian Eng

City Life [Series] by Timothy J. Reynolds

Line DenCity by IC4DESIGN


New York Psycho-Geographies by Lizzie Mary Cullen

Ground by Philippe Nicolas

Urban Cartography by Alex Varanese

Cities by Vesa Sammalisto


CITY LIFE! by Kelly Chilton

Miscillstration by John Lee

Cityscapes by Lok Jansen

TFL Urban Design by David Enker

FORGET 2074 by Radek Sadowski

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