London-Based Artist Draws Dramatic Portraits Of Women Cast In Light Using Charcoal and Pastel

Zulf – an artist based-London creates dramatic portraits of women using charcoal and pastel. He draws the highlights of his subjects on black paper.

“Art is my life.” That’s how artist Zulf describes his relationship with art. The London-based artist creates masterpieces on dark paper using only pastel pencils and charcoal. He plays around with light, shadows, and silhouettes to bring portraits of women to life with flair and drama.

Scroll down to see more of Zulf’s breathtaking art.

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In an interview for Bored Panda, Zulf said, “I take my time to find what I feel is the perfect reference for what I need. Sometimes, it can take me hours just to find one. Each piece I create can take me anywhere between 1 to 60 hours depending on details, although I try to keep it minimal as possible.”.

Zulf admitted that he likes to keep an air of mystery around himself. That’s why he likes using his nom de plume instead of his real name.

However, the artist did reveal a bit more about himself in the interview. “I am just shy of turning 50. I live in London with my wife and 2 children,” he said. For now, it seems like that’s about as many personal details as we’re going to get about the mysterious artist.

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For Zulf, art is his life. It’s in his blood. It’s a calling. “Back at school, art was all I cared about and was the only exam I passed,” he admitted.

“I’ve always loved art. As a youngster, I was part of a graffiti crew. I started creating back in the summer of 2013 after not doing any art for 20 years. My passion for drawing and painting keeps forever evolving and that’s what keeps me going,” Zulf said.

“The beauty of that is I never know what direction I’m going to take next. I got into the pencil-work when the short winter nights would draw in early and it was too cold and dark to spraypaint outside. So I started to draw portraits indoors, practicing for around 3 hours every night after work,” the artist humbly talked about his unwavering daily discipline.

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He stressed that he doesn’t draw from life but uses references instead. “If I were to give any advice it would be, just draw what you see. Don’t think about what someone else may be doing or how good somebody else is. Just be in competition with yourself,” Zulf encouraged his fellow artists to keep growing by being better than yesterday’s you.

The artist also told Bored Panda that he suffers from vestibular migraine, anxiety, and even has occasional panic attacks. But art helps him handle all of these problems. “Once I put my headphones on and set my playlist on shuffle, none of that exists. Art is my therapy. Art is my life.”

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Photographer “Time Travels” by Photoshopping Herself into Old Celebrity Photos

Have you ever imagined if you could go back in time and take a picture with famous people? If yes, you will probably enjoy a similar series in 2013, called “Time Travel” created by an artist, Flora. She is a young fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation in order to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, and dreams. However, today we will mainly focus on how she discovers the possibilities of the well known “selfie” phenomenon with famous people. Let’s admit that it would be pretty difficult to explain the concept of a selfie to a person from the 20th century. But this fact makes these series even more interesting!

“After the first official picture of a black hole was released last week, I decided to look into the Theory of relativity and I’ve been wondering how cool it was, if I could travel faster than the speed of light, ergo I could travel back in time. While I’ve been making a “selfie” with Albert Einstein (photoshopping myself into a picture of him) I decided to celebrate this amazing discovery with a series of pictures, where I travel back in time. ” writes Flora in her website.

Check out the gallery below. Also, tell us in the comment section below; If you could go back in time who would you like to take a selfie with?

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#1 Marilyn Monroe

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#2 Mahatma Gandhi

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#3 John Lennon

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#4 Salvador Dali

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#5 Albert Einstein

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#6 Sigmund Freud

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#7 Audrey Hepburn

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