Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo

butterflies

nautilus
Nautilus

caracol-2
Caracol

sequence-a
Double Conic Spiral, process

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Double Conic Spiral. Ink, acrylic/canvas.

butterflies

morpho
Morpho

shell-1

sequence
Calculation (Sequence) #2. Acrylic, china ink/canvas.

helix

sketch

bandw

In the midst of our daily binge of emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, app downloading and photoshopping it’s almost hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, it’s a time he relishes. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill. You can see much more here. (via ArchitectureAtlas)

Update: Rafael Araujo prints are now available in the Colossal Shop.

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