Pencil Drawing

June 15, 2022

Artist Fills Sketchbooks With Pencil Drawings of Old Hollywood and More

Open one of Bea Obcena‘s sketchbooks and you'll find a gallery of pencil drawings. The Philippines-based artist fills paper spreads with portraits of celebrities, copies of figures from famous paintings, and so much more. Each page displays her masterful ability to render shading, texture, and dimension in graphite. Sketchbooks often provide insight into how an artist works. In Obcena's case, we find pencil illustrations accompanied by numerous handwritten notes describing the content.

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May 8, 2022

Hyperrealistic Pencil Portraits Look Like Photographs

UK-based artist Emma Towers-Evans brings her subjects to life in hyperrealistic portraits using only graphite and charcoal. Each one is so meticulously drawn that it can easily be confused with a black and white photograph. As a self-taught artist, she has been honing her skills in pencil drawing since her teenage years. Now, she is well known for rendering portraits in mind-boggling detail.

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February 13, 2022

Enchanting Portraits Merge Enigmatic Subjects With Ornate Patterned Backgrounds

Enigmatic women become one with nature in the portrait paintings of Argentinian artist Sofia Bonati. She uses a combination of graphite pencils, watercolor, and gouache to render ethereal female figures in ornately patterned environments that are full of color and delicate details. “I enjoy capturing human emotions through figure paintings,” she tells My Modern Met. “I find it easier to express myself through this theme.

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November 25, 2021

Artist Creates Giant “Memento Mori” Drawing of a Skeleton Filled With Plant Life

Artist and professor Guno Park is known for his expressive, yet detailed ballpoint pen drawings of people and sights in New York City. In addition to capturing real-life subjects, however, he also makes illustrations that explore deep concepts, such as life and death. His 85 x 51.5 inch graphite drawing entitled Nature of Things is one such piece. It depicts a human skeleton filled with thriving plant life.

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