South African artist Jono Dry produces amazingly detailed large-scale pencil drawings that merge surrealism with a touch of realism. The completely self-taught artist is continually inspired by images and objects in his daily life. Using just graphite on paper or board, he produces powerfully thought-provoking concepts that explore both the fragility as well as the enduring strength found in our everyday world.
Dry pays careful attention to every single detail and his complicated drawings can take days, and even months, to complete. The final results of his dedication and patience are intricate textures and fine details that are incredibly lifelike.
One of his most impressive works is his tribute to M.C. Escher in which he reproduced the famous Drawing Hands lithograph using his own hand and his mother’s hand as the main focus. Through the detailed wrinkles, scars, and flaws, Dry transforms the well-known illustration into a personal story between mother and child.