Discover the depth and elegance of hyper-realistic black and white ink drawings.

Some of you may remember our first feature of Alessandro Paglia’s hyper-realistic pen artworks. The Milan, Italy based artist has recently sent me a selection of new drawings, which I wanted to share with you immediately. Alessandro says he always loved the power, depth, and elegance of simple black and white. Unlike graphite, the use of ink allows him to create a very intense contrast, giving the illustrations a unique expressive power. His subjects are mostly pieces of design history and contemporary objects. His aim is to turn these objects into artworks.

“My process is quite simple”, Alessandro explains. “I choose and photograph the subject, draw the outlines in pencil and then meticulously reproduce it with thin technical black ink pens on rough grain paper, laying layers of ink in a repeating pattern of little circles.”

Drawings are also available on commission in custom sizes up to 113 x 940 cm. To see more of Alessandro Paglia’s outstanding work, please visit his Instagram account.

Work in progress.
Work in progress.
Pen drawing of a 1936 BMW R12.
Pen drawing of a 1936 BMW R12.
Close up of the bike.
Close up of the bike.
Another detailed view of the artwork.
Another detailed view of the artwork.
Difficult work with shading on large light tones areas combined with small details.
A difficult work with shading on large light tones areas combined with small details.
Close up of the repeating ink patterns of little circles.
Close up of the repeating ink patterns of little circles.
Guardian Angel drawing.
Guardian Angel drawing.
Close up of the wing drawing.
Close up of the wing drawing.
Mr. Slimer Hand drawing.
Slimer Hand drawing.

All images © by Alessandro Paglia. Feel free to find other inspiring work in our popular Illustration category.

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