When you admire a finished work of art, it can be difficult to understand all the effort that went into making it. Or, how you could even create something like this for yourself. That’s why UK-based artist Emma Towers-Evans documents her creative process in step-by-step images that reveal how she draws hyper-realistic portraits using only graphite and charcoal.
A self-taught artist, she has been honing her pencil drawing skills since she was a teenager. Today she is well known for her portraits of celebrities and commissions in stunning detail. The finished works look like black and white photographs of the subjects, containing the fine texture of skin, hair, and even makeup. between 200,000 and 500,000 individual pencil strokes making up each design,” Towers-Evans told My Modern Met.
Her step-by-step photos show how the artist applies graphite in multiple layers to achieve the incredible level of depth that makes her portraits so mesmerizing to watch. “I consider myself a hyperrealist,” Towers-Evans continues. “Hyperrealism aims to go beyond a photograph in some way, perhaps adding more detail than the photograph contained or adjusting elements of the image in some way Personally, I tend to improvise a lot of detail in my portraits, using references as a guide and taking the textures in my own direction.
By relying on graphite as her primary medium, she hopes her drawings will be more accessible to all types of viewers, artistically inclined or not. “Everyone knows what a pencil is, has one and knows how it works,” she adds. “My work explores a range of themes, but always with the aim of creating a stimulating connection between the observer of the art and the subject of the drawing.”
You can purchase prints through the Towers-Evans online store and keep up to date with his latest projects by following the artist on Instagram.
Artist Emma Towers-Evans creates hyper-realistic drawings entirely in graphite and charcoal.
She shows how she makes these incredible pencil portraits by documenting the process in step-by-step photos.
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