Using nothing but graphite, artist David Álvarez produces amazing black-and-white illustrations of anthropomorphic animals interacting with or as humans. The scenes depicted in his drawings include animals engaged in various activities, such as dancing and reading, while wearing elaborate clothing items.
In an interview with Colossal, Álvarez explained why he chose to create his anthropomorphic illustrations with graphite, limiting the images to only black and white:
“I always found it amazing how artists worked in the earlier days, I think of the technical limitations and how it took talent, skill, and patience to develop work of great complexity. That was one reason why, since I was a student, I felt interest i figurative drawing for handling light and shadow. As school I discovered graphite and its possibilities. When I started working on my own, I noticed that my personality and my way of working suited that particular technique.”
For Álvarez, his favorite subject to draw inspiration and produce imagery of is Mesoamerica. One of Álvarez’s recent projects is a book titled Ancient Night, which is based on a Mesoamerican myth about a rabbit and opossum’s adventures with a fermented Hispanic beverage known as pulque.
Check out more of his work here.
[Via: This Is Colossal]