Using an ancient technique perfected by old master glaze painters, artist Colette Robbins liquifies her graphite powder to create an unusual watercolor painting style in her pencil portrait series 'Archaeological Fiction.'
The dissolving technique requires layers of glaze and graphite to be coated on slowly and methodically, and a Dremel sanding tool is then used on the design to create highlights that add other bits of detail. Painstakingly precise, these tools allow the artist to create her dark and desolate landscapes, with imagery of crumbling architecture and ancient sculptures that have collapsed. Incredibly surreal, the paintings showcase an imaginary, post-apocalyptic world that is dream-like in its peaceful solitude.
With a technique that turns graphite into watercolors, this pencil portrait series is infused with depth and texture.