Daily Artsy Drawing

Psychedelic Precision: Louise Despont

Although I’m a pretty detail-oriented person, my own drafting and drawing style is much more intuitive than precise.  Architectural drafting was torture for me.  So the exquisitely elaborate and deliberate compositions of Brooklyn artist Louise Despont leave me speechless.

Dancer, graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages, 49.5×81

Small Performers, graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil on antique ledger pages, 58.4×40.6 cm

Despont creates these intricately graphic drawings on the pages of antique ledger books, providing a natural grid upon which to weave her compositions.  Reminiscent of Persian rugs and other ancient patterns, the artist is creating her own “abstract language of symbols”.

Couple With Clock Tower, graphite on antique ledger book pages, 50.5×55

These are works to take in as they were created.. slowly, deliberately, and with careful attention.  You wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the delicious details.

The Bodhi Tree, graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages, 170.2×174.6 cm

Jester Inversion, graphite and colored pencil on antique ledger book pages, 54×82.5

To see more of Louise Despont’s work, please check out her website, where you can see close-ups of these wonderfully complex drawings!

Artist found via the Honey Kennedy blog.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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  • Ken Hamilton

    Very nice! Love the graphics,

  • Crazy stuff. I was doing ‘Indian Blankets’ on graph paper about 30 years ago, but this is way past that!