Illustrated Facial Topography: Portraits Drawn on Maps by Artist Ed Fairburn

Artist of the Month October 2013: Ed Fairburn

Re-blogged from Colossal art and culture blog

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn November 25, 2012

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Ink on a 1973 road map of Germany

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Pembroke

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Galloway

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a ’30 Miles Around’ map of Bournemouth

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Ink on a street map of Cambridge

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Work in progress

Artist Ed Fairburn utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains, and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil crosshatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook. (via artchipel)

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