Drawing with words: the illustrator turning text into texture

What if drawings used words to create illustrations? Take a look at this inventive series and see what you think.

modern mantra

We're completely in awe of the patience and skill needed for a project such as this

There are all types of illustration techniques out there, from doodle art to ink drawings, and we're always keen to discover new variations on a theme. This series entitled 'Modern Mantra' takes a literal approach, using the name of the subject to make up the drawing itself.

Swedish artist Thomas Broomé is known for using repetition as a recurring technque. The repetition used here becomes a mantra and aims to create needs and arouse desires so strong that they overshadow existential issues of far greater importance. It's a take on cosumerism, if you will.

We're in awe of the patience and skill needed to complete an illustration project such as this. Just take a look at the likes of 'tapestry' placed within the drawing - the words are so small, yet they make an instant impact.

Mondern Mantra

Mondern Mantra

Mondern Mantra

Mondern Mantra

Mondern Mantra

Mondern Mantra

View the Modern Mantra gallery over on Thomas' website.

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