Maybe you think of coloured pencils are a sort of intermediate art tool, reserved for middle school geography class. A step up from crayons but less refined than ‘serious’ art tools, like pastels, watercolours and paints. But in the hands of Natalie Foss, these humble implements take on a new sophistication. Her retro-futuristic take on forlorn looking humanoids, with multiple eyes and hands, are richly and densely coloured, a far cry from the lightly shaded maps of your teen years. The Norwegian based illustrator has a real knack for displaying emotions in her pieces, and her repetition of some favoured motifs might make you think you’re seeing double.
Words by L. Kimberly Leung
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