Chilean artist Carlos Zuniga creates detailed portraits and images by simply striking out names from phone book pages, with black ink. Sounds simple enough, but the results are awe-inspiring.
Carlos Zuniga isn’t the first artist to use phone books as the main medium for his works. Alex Queral has also been using them to carve his amazing celebrity portraits, but Zuniga developed his own artistic technique, which allowed him to differentiate himself from everyone in the art world.
Asked how he came up with this unique way of creating detailed images, the South American artist says it all started with a project he did back in 2006, called The Origin of Species. Inspired by the Ludovico technique used in the 1971 film the A Clockwork Orange, he began striking out every line of text from Charles Darwin’s book, The Origin of Species. Throughout the whole process, he couldn’t stop thinking about how to depict his ideas in a figurative way. Figurative representation had always been a great interest to him, but his drawing skills were lousy, and after eight years of taking classes, he felt frustrated.
The spirits are some of my favorite creations from the LOK series. While Airbender introduces and references them several times, I loved learning more about the spirit world and the complexities that balance and imbalance brought to their disposition and appearances. So, I’m extremely excited that 4 pages were dedicated to their conceptualization and creation in the Book 2: Spirits Art Book!
The middle is just my phone case, because #spiritsforlife.
To me, this looks like the cover to a creepy children’s book. I had one of those growing up, and though I absolutely adore it now, it freaked the hell out of me as a child. (anyone ever heard of the illustrated version of “The Spider and the Fly”? That was some nightmare inducing stuff for a 7 years old who didn’t read/speak English and who could only look at the images)