Marta Altes feature cleverly integrated pencil shavings.
Marta Altes,combines simple pen drawings with bits of pencil shavings. Altes has been interested in illustration since she was a child, and pursued that interest through her study of Children’s book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.
By repurposing the shavings, the artist transformed objects that others see as trash into beautiful and integral elements within each piece, including butterfly wings, a ballet tutu, and a lion’s mane.
By adding layers of splintered wood to the very straightforward line drawings, the artist enjoys creating the playful scenes and she says, “I always try to have a positive and funny vision about life and to get a smile from who is looking at my drawings or reading my stories—that is what I like most about illustration.”
Take a look at a her lion or the ballerina with a pencil-shaving tutu, and you’ll definitely get your cute dose of the day.
Take a look at her site for further examples of her work.