Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn


Ink on a 1973 road map of Germany


Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Pembroke


Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Galloway


Ink on a ’30 Miles Around’ map of Bournemouth


Ink on a street map of Cambridge


Work in progress

Artist Ed Fairburn utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains, and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil crosshatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook. (via artchipel)

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