Monica Lee Produces Photorealist Pencil Portraits

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Jul 14, 2014 • References: and mymodernmet
Monica Lee was a digital artist for 12 years before making the switch to an analog way of working in the form of pencil portraits. Now, she uses the traditional medium to create complex portraits of people, animals and still lifes.

They are stunning, photorealistic images that capture details like faded freckles, coarse beard hair and the subtle wave of a shirt, Lee uses a combination of tools, including smudging sticks, to build the illusion of a 3D form. It results in a nice sense of balance in the work, while she concentrates on very tactile textures. She also takes the time to blend soft, diffused grays as well.

Lee admires photography and grew up appreciating the value of beautiful photos.