British artist Keira Rathbone uses old typewriters to “draw” her extraordinary portraits with devastating accuracy. With no brushes or pencils in her repertoire, instead she uses her collection of 30 vintage machines to create her artworks with individual keystrokes. Rathbone works from her studio in Chiswick, London, as well as various other locations around the city, getting interesting looks from people as they pass.
When asked about people’s reactions to her sitting on a bench with an ancient, clunky typewriter sketching her next masterpiece she explains, “I notice people who wander past and think ‘what is she doing’. Some walk past a few times and you can see the moment when they realise what I’m using to draw….The reaction is usually the same. Most people just say it’s ‘amazing’.” By using these old manual typewriters, Rathbone can control the shades by hitting keys softer for lighter colors, and harder for darker ones. Check out some of her other works below.