Saturday, January 30, 2016

Realistic drawings of icebergs by Zaria Forman

With their intricate and flawless detail, these images of icebergs look like the work of a talented photographer. But these amazing pictures are actually the work of Zaria Forman and are in fact hand-drawn pictures. 

Zaria has a distinct style of creating art. In an interview published in Juxtapoz, the Brooklyn-based artist stated that when she travels, she takes thousands of photos and creates small sketches. Once she's back in the studio, she draws from memory, as well as the photos to create large scale compositions. She adds layers of color onto the paper, smudging everything with her fingers and hand.

From her website:

"The inspiration for my drawings began in my early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the worlds most remote landscapes, which became the subject of my mother's fine art photography. I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I loved watching a far-off storm on the western desert plains; the monsoon rains of southern India; and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland's waters. In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer. In this process I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature. The act of drawing can be a meditation for me, and my hope is that the viewer can share this experience of tranquil escape when engaging the work."

Zaria's work has appeared in the TV series House of Cards, and last year she was invited to participate in Banksy's Dismaland. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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