Intricate hatched layers Exquisite black ink illustrations by Elena Limkina

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#animals #birds #drawing #ink

February 17, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Elena Limkina, shared with permission

From his studio in Moscow, Elena Limkina (previously) illustrates page after page of sketchbooks with delicate studies of birds, architectural flourishes, and surreal compositions that trap cats and little mice inside glass vessels. She spent a decade sketching these elegant compositions, and while they originally functioned as journals filled with objects, phrases and impressions she encountered throughout her day, they have transformed into stories with recurring characters and motifs.

Frequently working in watercolour, the artist uses only black ink, pencil or pen in his sketchbooks, and the painstaking illustrations are shaded with circular hatching. “I love the complexity of the task – conveying feelings, emotions, form, without using color,” she says. “I use parts of the sketches in intaglio print (etchings, aquatints), and would like to transfer some of them to large canvases and sculptures in the future.”

Limkina sells originals and prints on Etsyand you can explore an archive of his monochrome works at instagram and Behance.

#animals #birds #drawing #ink

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