Synthetic landscapes, fantastical buildings and beautiful prints

Illustrator and designer Toby Melville-Brown is no fan of restraint – especially when it comes to his boldly surreal, frighteningly detailed imagination.

Favela Arch
Favela Arch

Inspired by ‘our synthetic landscape’, the recent graduate sets out to create the near-impossible, using stunningly intricate drawings to create his own bizarre, physically unfeasible buildings.

These images, he tells us, are a sort of visual two fingers to ‘the man.’

‘Having always had a keen interest in design and the world of machines, I enrolled at Northumbria as an industrial designer’, explains Melville-Brown.

‘Unfortunately the tutors there thought my concepts too peculiar to ever make production. Instead of being sensible and rationalising my work, I headed in the opposite direction and made my creations even more fantastical.’

Power Station
Power Station

But while his works are untrammeled by constraints of feasibility or rationality, these are no fripperies. Each piece in his new Tower Series, Melville-Brown tells us, takes a whopping 35 hours to complete.

‘I’m able to be patient because in my imagination, I’m able to inhabit my landscapes and assume story of a civilisation’, he explains.

‘I can allude to its history with lavishly decorated houses and celebrate its modernity with spires of steel and glass.’

Regency Tower
Regency Tower

The works, which are Melville-Brown’s first series of prints, were printed at Print Club London in Dalston, east London. As well as being sold online, they will be shown at the I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night club night in south London next month. 

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