Map Portraits by Ed Fairburn

Illustrator Ed Fairburn turns road and subway maps into interesting canvases for his Map series of ink and pencil portraits. The often multicolored and patterned surface of each map is serving as an eye-catching canvas resembling the texture of skin. Before drafting out each portrait, Fairburn studies both the physical attributes of the terrain and the features of his chosen subjects, searching for opportunities to synchronise the two and finding similarities between the patterns.

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