You really have to see Dundee-based illustrator Johanna Basfordâ€™s work up close to really appreciate her incredible illustrations. It is apparent that she prefers ink and pen to pixels. She writes this about her intricate, hand drawn designs:
â€œEvery piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints. My delicate hand inked designs intend to charm and delight, inviting you to peer closer and discover the hidden intricacies.
For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.â€
Images: Courtesy of Johanna Basford.