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This Filipino Artist Ran Out of Paint. So He Used Sharpies

The portraits look chaotic up close.
IMAGE Angela Navoa Concepcion
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With just a Sharpie marker and his smartphone, artist Jeric Concepcion creates stunning impressionist portraits of Marvel superheroes.  So far, he has finished 14 portraits of the main characters in Avengers, and intends to complete 32 characters including Thanos.

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Photo by Jeric Concepcion.

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Concepcion started painting with Sharpie pens when he couldn’t go out to buy art supplies because of the pandemic.

“While cleaning my work room, I found a set of gel pens that was given to me a few years back by Janis McGeehan. I also found old illustration boards that have some sketches on it,” said Concepcion. 

The black side was empty, so I started experimenting on negative space drawing, meaning you draw the highlights first.”

Up close, Concepcion’s portraits look messy, but from afar, you see the order and mastery in the strokes.

Photo by Jeric Concepcion.
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“I call it chaotic order, because the portraits are very messy up close but have a strong likeness to the characters when you look at them from a distance,” said Concepcion.

It takes up to six hours and a lot of ink for Concepcion to finish one portrait.

Below is a time-lapse video of Concepcion at work.

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