|Pictoplasma Publishing, Berlin
This recent revival has injected immeasurable visual wealth into the world of illustration, fine art and especially character design. Artists reject the computer and channel their creativity through spontaneous freehand drawing to create untamed, edgy and exceptional beings.
The featured artists eruptive and dirty drawing techniques seem to be the perfect antidote to the sterile flood of digital images. Co-opting familiar cartoon faces, consumer mascots and pop icon characters they weave them into a highly-personal and emotional diaristic language.
“What is evident in the work is an edgy spagettification of the figure. The figures on show here are diss-Disneyfied with all the cuteness squeezed out, like dolls whose faces and bodies have been defaced with biro.”
The physical quality of the book is nothing short of outstanding - again, a trait of all Pictoplasma products.”
“Pen to Paper celebrates the fact that many illustrators working today still favour the humble pen (and pencil) – rather than the mouse.”