Using Burnt Branches for Drawing

Dali drawing by Emilio Ferrari

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.”

Self-portrait drawing by Emilio Ferrari Realistic eye drawing by Emilio Ferrari Hand with Pencil, realistic drawing by Emilio Ferrari
Artwork © Emilio Ferrari
Adriana de Barros

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Adriana has created successful projects for over 15 years in the fields of art, design, illustration, fashion and web. She is the Webby-winning designer and editor-in-chief of Illusion (Scene360) magazine. When not online, she is enjoying the quiet life walking her shih tzu at seaside.

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