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Artist of the Week: Brian Zapien

Brian Zapien specializes in pencils and graphite with a focus on portraits and cityscapes.  I had the opportunity to watch him work and he does not use many of the tools that Photorealist artists use: he does not use a grid, projection or magnification.  He draws his works by hand, section by section, and shoots his own reference photographs, using film to avoid any pixelation or loss of definition in the printed photographs.  The fine detail in his cityscapes is really amazing.

Summer in the City by Brian Zapien

Timeless Memories by Brian Zapien

Brian Zapien is an excellent example of an artist that is dedicated to perfection in his chosen medium.  He is a local artist and his works reflect a love of the city and of architecture.  See more work at his portfolio website here.

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