Taisuke Mohri’s Mysterious Graphite Portraits

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Japanese artist Taisuke Mohri delicately renders portraits entirely in pencil, deliberately destroying the painstakingly detailed works’ precision by making the portraits appear cracked and smudged. These illusions shroud Mohri’s pouty-lipped protagonists in mystery. They seem simultaneously foreign and familiar, like the feeling one gets when browsing through strangers’ old family photos in an antique store. While most of his work is monochromatic, when adding color, Mohri uses only colored pencils, though the result could easily be mistaken for an oil painting. Take a look at some of Mohri’s work below.

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