Free Trend Report Free 2019 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book. Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

Colette Robbins Uses Dissolved Powder in Her Pencil Portrait Series

 - Mar 21, 2013
References: coletterobbins & beautifuldecay
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.