Artist renders complex architectural portraits of nature by hand

Rafael Araujo
© Rafael Araujo

In a world saturated with digital gadgets, software and digitally-made art and architecture, it's always a fresh of breath air to find that there are still people who steadfastly stick to the old-school methods of drawing by hand. Rather than taking the easy way out through the computer, Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo sits down at a traditional drafting table to render his amazing, nature-inspired works, charting the structure of shells and movements of butterflies.

© Rafael Araujo
© Rafael Araujo

Using pencils, paint and ye old tools like a rolling parallel ruler, plastic triangles and a compass, Araujo constructs a field of regulating lines to construct complex perspectives on canvas. His works break down the logarithmic progression of shell formation, and the step-by-step flight of butterflies.

© Rafael Araujo
© Rafael Araujo
© Rafael Araujo

Araujo has titled this series "Calculation," and no wonder -- one can almost feel the long hours behind each piece, behind the diligent compositions of double spirals and skillful color.

© Rafael Araujo
© Rafael Araujo
© Rafael Araujo

It's a painstaking way to render nature, but there's definitely a touch of genius in Araujo's careful eye. Each of his meticulously-measured works seem to say that everyday things are not to be taken for granted, but rather have something mysterious behind them to be apprehended. More over at Rafael Araujo's website.

[Via: This Is Colossal]

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