There’s just something therapeutic about watching this interactive illustration by Alexander Perrin play out.
Cleverly titled, “Short Trip,” the story follows a conductor operating a cross-country train. The user is able to control the conductor with arrow keys on their keyboard. The Australian illustrator’s artistic vision sets the plot in a gorgeous monochrome color palette.
The project took nearly five years to complete and involved hefty research into how graphite-based drawings can be translated into digital. Perrin writes, “There’s something about the beautifully crafted forms of the railway in sculpted union with the cliff faces and trees that just hits such a therapeutic, aesthetic sweet spot. It’s a little bit like riding an enlarged miniature railway, if you know what I mean. You remain passive and enjoy the ride for the sake of the journey.”