Using Burnt Branches for Drawing

Dali drawing by Emilio Ferrari
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I recently got in touch with Spanish artist Emilio Ferrari to find out more about his hyperrealist art. He generally illustrates based on a printed image, and he can take up to two weeks to finalize a piece. An interesting aspect is that Ferrari creatively explores various tools, and makes his own. He explains: “I usually make different charcoal bars for every drawing, because I like different shades of black. I burn willow branches in my kitchen to use as a tool, and for blending, I like to use tortillons, cones, towels, and textured papers.”

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Self-portrait drawing by Emilio Ferrari Realistic eye drawing by Emilio Ferrari Hand with Pencil, realistic drawing by Emilio Ferrari
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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.