ARTIST CREATES AMAZING PORTRAITS ENTIRELY OUT OF WRITTEN WORDS
Sonora-based artist Phil Vance creates stunning typographic portraits that are all hand-drawn. Referring to his patterns, textures and colours, the artist describes his process as "hatching but with words". From Einstein to Mark Twain, each portrait in the Own Words series pays homage to the historical and artistic figures Vance loved.
To shape the outlines, shadows, and details of each word portrait, Vance writes inspirational quotes from each subject thousands of times in varying sizes and layers. Vance tells My Modern Met in an email. "I started imagining portraits where I could look into people's skin and read their minds." “I was very excited about the portraits of de Kooning, Picasso and Escher. They are my favourite artists, so I wanted to pay homage to them in my own way and show their wisdom to others."