by Notes to Self in New Illustration on Tuesday 6 December 2011

Adam Hilborn has worked with everyone from Complex Magazine to Nike over the last few years. Browsing his newly updated site, we came across the best illustration ever to be seen of the rapper/singer Pharaohe Monche. He did it for an editorial for Pound Magazine. To be able to capture this much texture in a line drawing is incredibly hard. The way Pharaohe’s hair looks, even on his face, individual strands curve together to capture his goatee and eyebrows perfectly, while thicker short strokes create the trimmed looking moustache.