Last December, Michigan-based artist Taylor Mazer created a series of detailed, monochrome landscapes featuring urban areas, featuring stark buildings, tangled wires, and narrow alleys. The mysterious, shadowy images would look right at home in a noir movie, but for one detail.

They”re tiny.

Pen and pencil included for scale.

(via My Modern Met)

Using a mechanical pencil, a fine-tipped pen, and a straight-edge, Mazer created these cityscapes. His great attention to detail, as well as the ability to create a definite mood on only a few square inches of paper, required incredible skill. He also creates tiny landscapes featuring majestic mountains, but still using the same black and gray palette.

The heavy shadows and desolate setting make Mazer”s subjects seem somewhat eerie.

A rural landscape. While it doesn”t show buildings, the black and gray color scheme still lends it a mysterious feeling.

An in-progress work. To keep the edges sharp and clean, Mazer applies masking tape.

A selection of Mazer”s work, completed, but not framed. Because of their small size, many drawings can fit on a single sheet of paper.

Mazer”s work shows that you don”t have to go big to make an impact, and that a tiny image can be just as, if not more, captivating than a large one. In his case, the small size of his drawings makes their subjects seem even more mysterious.

You can see more of Mazer”s work, large and small, on his Behance page.