James Cook is an architecture student who creates typewriter art.Â He purchased his first typewriter from an elderly coupleÂ 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:
â€œIt’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.â€
â€œI 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.â€
â€œThe @ 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.â€
More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of James Cook Artwork.
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