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5 handmade portraits of famous characters using typography

These are portraits that use typographic elements to empower words that transcend life.

Keeping in mind the idea that words remain through time, the visual creative Cris Wicks dedicated himself to the task of making five portraits of famous characters, all deceased, that include typographic elements as protagonist.


The combination of shapes and chiaroscuro accomplishes to deliver very convincing portraits of people like Tupac Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, John Lennon and Pablo Picasso. The whole process is completely handmade.


Wicks describes the creative process: in the first place he glues old sheets of newspapers and similar materials in a canvas; later he places a layer of acrylic paint; the face is then draw in that surface with typographic elements and a resin is placed on top of everything as a final step. The result is really striking.




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