By Sam Humble
Located in Wakefield
In the timeless words of Gwen Stefani:
There was a habit during my tenure at university whereby my coursemates and I would make an effort to leave examples of work we had come across on each other’s desks so that the student most likely to be influenced by it could add it to their ‘research file’.
On my desk, I’d often arrive into the studio bright and early to discover that any piece of work that had scantily clad ladies, allusions to mortality and death and animals in it had been immediately for
warded to me. It still happens now, except these days via Facebook.
Zakuro Aoyama’s work features all of the above in some capacity, and the drawing itself is meticulously executed in a way that only sharp pencils can deliver. The bleary-eyed graphite smudges that make the perfect lines seem a little more human are a welcome break from the tablet oriented illustration work that saturates most portfolios nowadays.
The marriage of photorealistic faces and heavily stylised linework is brilliant; I’m in awe of his stuff.
Find his work here.