So you have an idea for a picture in the forefront of your mind. You get put your box of colored pencils and a pencil sharpener. With the picture still clear in your mind, you sharpen each and every pencil and put a sheet of white paper on the table, ready to get creative. So what would you expect to happen next? Not what happens here, that’s for sure. Instead of throwing away the pencil shavings and keeping the colored pencils to start drawing with, virtually the reverse happens. When you begin to look closer at the images you will be in for quite a surprise, yet we know you will also marvel at the ingenuity of some people. Though carefully removed from the colored pencils, these delicate shavings have been retained to create the most marvellous array of pictures, either as an adornment to a simple sketch, or as an entire work of art.
This is a new style of art which has been highlighted by Marta Altez, who originally was a graphic designer before becoming a children’s book illustrator. To quote Marta “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 is what I like the most about illustration.” One senses that with such and imagination, her children’s illustrations are likely to be quite wonderful and we think she will be a name to watch out for in the future. What we also like about pencil shaving art is that it is appropriate for all skill levels. You don’t have to be a Picasso, or a Van Gogh, to create something clever and fun – just look closely at the selection of photos we have assembled for you and see just how simple, yet effective pencil shaving art can be. As a top tip, we also reckon that you could copy any drawing or photo onto a piece of paper and then add the wood shavings wherever you wanted to. We think this is a really great idea, whether for kids or grown-up kids!