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Dramatic Narrative Illustrations

Erin Fostel Creates Charcoal Drawings, Each Telling a Story

— July 29, 2011 — Art & Design
Looking through Erin Fostel's selected portfolio is like taking a portal into the mind of a filmmaker who develops her ideas by sketching characters in charcoal.

Erin Fostel is a young Maryland-based illustrator, with a BFA in Drawing and Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at art galleries throughout the city of Baltimore, as well as museums in Bradley, Illinois and New York City.

Looking through Erin Fostel's selected portfolio, it's easy to see why her art connects with so many. Fostel has an eye for creating hyperrealistic charcoal-based art that captures subjects in the midst of action tailor-made for a movie or television series. My favorite illustration from Erin Fostel's oeuvre is the one that leads this post, an image of a kid hanging on to a bookcase with one hand, a pained and desperate expression on his face. Just above him is the foot of a friend with better luck, in the midst of a climb. The amount of subtle drama Erin Fostel is able to create in her work shows an artist with a rare talent and vision for storytelling through illustration.

Few can do it this effectively. Keep an eye out for Fostel, she has the skill, distinctive aesthetic, and vision to be a star in the art world.