Drawings by Joao Ruas (personal favourite). More below!
His work always encapsulates a lot of what I work towards as an artist. I’m really curious about the subtle texture going on in the dark segments of these though…Is that just a part of the surface or some sort of finishing glaze (or god forbid illusionistic rendering)?
These works are Graphite on Paper, Vellum and Acetate. The texture probably comes from the quality of the surface and the way the artist chose to work into it.
Hmm interesting. I’ve heard of people experimenting with turp to paint and push graphite around, but I’m imagining acetate probably works the same but without ruining the integrity of the paper over time. Something I’m trying today haha
skip ahead to 2:00.
You should look into this paper if you are interested in the texture of acetate. It is made out of recycled plastic and it has a similar smooth surface to acetate but is white like paper.
I have used watercolor on it but I think it would work with graphite & water. But the cool part IMO is that you can remove the watercolor in different textures (see video)
A selection of beautiful work by illustrator Gracey Zhang, based in New York. More images below.
A selection of work by illustrator Taj Francis. More images below.
A selection of paintings by artist Ramiro Gomez. More images below.
Pastel drawings on cotton paper by artist Anna Roberts, found via our June Reader Submissions. More images below.
Listening to this Shlohmo remix of Shook Ones on repeat in memory of Prodigy. The track is from Shlohmo’s summer mix for Sneeze Mag, the whole thing is worth a listen.