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James Cook Artwork

James Cook is an architecture student who creates typewriter art.  He purchased his first typewriter from an elderly couple  and after a few squirts of WD40 turned the instrument into a portrait-generating machine. Five years later he owns half-a-dozen typewriters and has been able to sell his artwork. On an article in Daily Mail he says this about his work:

“It’s quite labour intensive but I enjoy it. It’s using an obsolete piece of technology to create something nice. I usually start in the middle of the paper and work my way out.”

“I use specific characters and letters to do certain jobs. For example, full stops, underscores and forward slashes are good for straight lines, and brackets, Os and zeros good for curves.”

“The @ symbol is ideal for shading. But I also build them all up, two or three characters on top of each other, to create the depth.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of James Cook Artwork.