Sometimes you see work that really speaks to you. Sometimes you see work that blows you out of the water. And sometimes, if you're lucky, you see work that turns everything you believe about a certain medium upside-down. The work of Oriol Angrill Jordà did that for me. It was one of those moments where I'm scrolling through pinterest, and I see these images that impress me, but I totally think they're photographs. Then I get to the description and nearly spit my water all over my keyboard when I realize they're drawn with colored pencils.
Out of all his beautiful works, of which there are many, I love his "blendscapes" series the most. The pieces don't look like flawless but emotionless representations of a stock photograph. They look as if their subject's soul has been translated into colors and captured on paper. Muted colors, fine lines, and spectacular attention to detail all contribute to the pieces beautifully. What really gives these works life, however, are the ways negative space is played with. Detailed portraits fade away to abstracted landscapes and then finally to white in a wonderfully graceful manner.
I can use flowery language all I want, but what it really comes down to is that I'm super impressed by this artist, and I look forward to the day when I can hang a some of his work on my wall. (This is the piece I'm looking at while I daydream...)
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