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Crosshatched Ink Portrait Stencils

Best known for his stencil and spray paint work, artist Kris Trappeniers has undertaken a new art project involving an artist's most basic materials – ink and paper. The Belgium-based artist's series of illustrations, known as Analog haftones, feature contemporary portraits of ordinary people as well as familiar faces of old Hollywood. Trappeniers utilizes a raw, crosshatching style.

Whether the artist is drawing with a ballpoint pen or a marker on acid-free paper, the contours of each subject's visage pops out against the white background. The intersecting lines also employ an interesting curving technique, as opposed to the usual parallel composition. Trappeniers also manages to add tones and shadows to his drawings with clean, swerving lines instead of erratic and crowded chicken scratch that can be common in crosshatching. The artist also takes his pieces a step further by crossing the works over to his area of expertise and cutting them up into gridded stencils.

Kris Trappeniers Flickr
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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