Graf n'Arq is the pseudonym of Eduardo Y., architect and urbanist based in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is self-thaught and trained as illustrator working in several architectural offices during his university studies. Under this pseudonym, Graf develops its main theme based on the female portrait applying the arc… Read More
Graf n'Arq is the pseudonym of Eduardo Y., architect and urbanist based in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is self-thaught and trained as illustrator working in several architectural offices during his university studies. Under this pseudonym, Graf develops its main theme based on the female portrait applying the architectural drawing technique with its informative, detailed quality., using basic drawing tools. Line upon line, drawing with a clean stroke, looking like easy and fast execution manages to convey a clear message.
Each illustration of Graf n’Arq is a piece within a larger universe
Graf’s artwork seek to enhance feminine beauty through a firm line, at first glance, simple, with emphasis on details that define the expressions. His drawing technique is exposed, the graphite lines, shades and watercolour offer a natural result. Using technical drawing as a platform achieved organic images full of sensuality.
Close up portraits with direct glances approach the viewer, involving him, making it part of the experience. Naked and half-naked bodies continue the seduction game with lace lingerie, clothing textures invade background and tattoos expose the surface of the skin.
Even being gray and monochromatic, colors are intuit in the illustrations due the use of tones, the idea of color is reinforced by some watercoloured pieces.
It is in this way that each piece takes on a higher value when read in the whole, a universe created by the artist that continues to expand, a vision of female beauty based on seduction, ranging from a direct gaze, a minimal gesture, or a naked body, maintaining as common denominator the attitude of the protagonist and the invitation to the viewer.
Each illustration is edited in its final stage always thinking that his last medium will be the web
"I draw with mechanical pencil, graphite 2b 0.5. If necessary I edit them working the contrast and range, while maintaining the texture, scanned on high definition then I publish them on the net with details. The idea is to maintain the perception of the original on the screen, always thinking in the final image on the web. The drawing on paper is part of the process. The original is not unique, it is a repeated image, like a graffiti on the cloud, anyone can view, download, print, I do not determine its fate.
The web is not only my exhibit space, is the support of the final piece, the place where all the pieces come together. In it, the image is relative to the screen, the final size does not exist. Today we are used to navigate the web in a sea of high-definition images, we see everything in detail, an augmented reality, we demand to see more of what in reality we can’t see. Still, the technique of the illustrations reminds us that there is a physical format, a real support."
Therefore, the artist manages to convey his idea, through this universe which manages to combine the real and the dream, the tangible and the ethereal. As proof of this, different sites of art and illustration have shared his work, even without knowing who its author is.
“Graf creates simplistic graphite portraits that have undeniable charm. These alluring female images have a natural visual pull, close-cropped at eye level, inviting the viewer in.” Juxtapoz April 29, 2014 (1)
“Simple and sexy sketches of semi-nude women are really all we can ask for. Delicate curls and dainty jewelry is often enough to dress these ladies.” Juxtapoz May 09, 2014 (2)
"reviewing his portfolio, we know he has great skills drawing and not because I say it, but because in sight you can check. The work of Graf n'Arq is full of portraits of young beautiful deep glances, flawlessly resolved." Lamono magazine, Barcelona (3)
"That magical moment when you find yourself before a work of art, pure poetry, and all your senses are trapped in it." Makamo, Barcelona October 11, 2013 (4)
"Beautiful women are most beautiful when drawn, scratched pencil, colored watercolor, perfect faces gain an ethereal beauty that only art can give ... Graf works in the design of a fine art harem, dozens of faces, busts and women's bodies become the object of aesthetic contemplation of highest level under the pencil of the uruguayan artist." Semema, Santos-Brasil (5)