This drawing was inspired by a photo I took in Istanbul, the city of uncountable beautiful views. It is the Ortakoy Mosque and its lively neighborhood, right by the sea. The Bosphorus Bridge leading to the Asian part of the city dominates the background of the drawing.

- Orlando Marin-Lopez

Ortakoy, Istanbul

India ink, watercolor on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

11.7" h x 16.5" w 
0 lbs. 1 oz.



Orlando Marin-Lopez
Barcelona, Spain

Getting to Know Orlando

Using India ink and watercolor, Orlando Marin-Lopez conveys a poignant sense of humor through his intricate drawings of Japanese urban life. He assimilates the delicate nature of Japanese printmaking into the contemporary world. He uses the lines of brickwork and infrastructure to masterfully guide the eye through his compositions. Orlando, who is also a writer, views drawing as writing’s visual counterpart. The specific details Orlando illuminates function as the narrator of the composition. From sake bottles on window sills to minute inscriptions on storefronts, Orlando’s specificity of detail gives the sense of totality in his documentation of the city.