The Mind’s Apocalypse: pencil drawings by Dilly

Nikki Toole Reader Find

By Nikki Toole in New Illustration on Tuesday 27 March 2012

I came across the awesome pencil skills of Dilly a few years ago while photographing him for my skater project. We recently commissioned him to work his magic in a portrait of my partner Andy, and he didn’t disappoint. The final image is hyper-real and unsettling in its likeness to the subject.

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Lucy Fahey

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 1 June 2010

Lucy Fahey has put together some amazing mixed media portraits, combining colour pencil drawing and photography digitally assembled. Using a hyper real style, she has accentuated facial features usually associated as traditional markers of beauty. The portraits blur the boundary between the real and an absurd distortion of the truth.

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Julia Randall

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Thursday 13 May 2010

Artist Julia Randall has been making the internet rounds with her amazing photorealistic color pencil drawings of disembodied lips, tongues, and spit bubbles.

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Peter James Field’s pencil drawings

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Thursday 3 September 2009

I’m such a sucker for colored pencil these days and I’m really digging the way UK illustrator Peter James Field goes at it. The pencil brings a soft, folkiness to what might otherwise be pretty straightforward renderings.

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Carson Ellis

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Tuesday 28 October 2008

My first encounter with the work of Portland, Oregon artist Carson Ellis was when stumbling across her beautiful cover art for The Decembrist’s Crane Wife album. It was love at first sight. She has such an amazing way with a simple pencil drawing. And as much as I enjoy all of her work, from her watercolors to her acrylic paintings, it’s still those pencil drawings that tug at my heart strings with their nuanced textures and forms.

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