Fernando Vicente Illustrates Human Portraits Using Old Maps

Fernando Vicente is once again using his mastery of anatomical drawing in an innovative way. Using old maps as canvases, the Madrid-based artist illustrates surreal portraits integrating landmasses into each expertly crafted piece.

For instance, in the Fernando Vicente illustration of Africa, the Spanish artist converts the continent into a skull with pieces of the cranium seemingly shattered and floating away. The bits that are broken off are, of course, parts of Europe and Asia, but it's simply amazing to see Vicente synthesizing such an image without compromising the accuracy of topography.

Fernando Vicente's illustrative style is highly evocative of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, and when you couple this with the old look of his chosen map canvases, the images seem as though they were produced in a different century altogether.