Demonstrating the illustrative aesthetic we've seen evolving this year, London-based artist Marcus James embraces hand-drawn techniques in his compelling pencil drawings of great British landscapes.
The Landscapes 2015 series comprises large-scale studies of mountainous and rocky scenes across Britain. Each drawing brings together a variety of stylistic and textural marks to articulate space and definition.
When viewed up close, gentle hatchings and line drawings form intricate abstractions, and when viewed from afar, the markings merge to cast vivid and vast panoramas. The unnatural colouration of the scenery provides eye-catching optical effects and brings the expressive works to life.
Creatives are adopting complex and time-consuming construction methods as a way of adding a distinct human touch and individuality to their work. Look to Colour Me In: Handcrafted Visuals for more art, fashion and digital media honing this aesthetic.