I love visualizing cities as they existed during the many decades of their lives. The city of Long Beach has changed dramatically in the years since these original photos were taken. I ‘borrowed’ them from the Los Angeles Public Library’s digital archive. The photos show a semi-aerial view close to Lincoln Park and the second city hall (the building with the small cupola domes on the corners).
I have combined the two into a rough panorama by sketching in missing information with a clone tool in Photoshop.
After this I colorized the image using a special software program to give the image some extra dimensionality.
And from there I created a digital painting in the style of Edward Hopper.
A fun project done over the course of a couple of hours.