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Vasco Mourao's Precarious Pen Drawings

by Miranda Trimmier 


Tags: Arts, visual arts, illustration, drawing, Vasco Mourao, buildings, Lost at E Minor,

espiral_smallerI feel like I should hold my breath around Vasco Mourao’s illustrations. His teetering, lopsided buildings look as though they’d be toppled by the slightest breeze. To say they’re shaky, though, doesn’t mean they’re messy: Mourao realizes his labyrinthine structures meticulously, with an almost obsessive attention to detail. It’s partially this tension—between the precariousness of the subjects and the sureness of his hand—that makes the drawings so compelling. Check out more of his work here.

 (Thanks, Lost at E Minor.)