Photorealistic Pastel Drawings by Zaria Forman

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you must have seen a lot of photorealistic works, including oil paintings, pencil drawings and etc. However, today was the first time I saw such a photorealistic pastel drawings. For this reason I would like to introduce you with Zaria Forman, a Brooklyn-based artist who is the author of incredibly detailed pastel drawings, which grabbed my attention.

By looking at her biography, it becomes clear where does the details come from.  As it is said in her biography, the inspiration for her drawings came from travelling in her early childhood. “The inspiration for my drawings began in early childhood when I traveled with my family throughout several of the world’s most remote landscapes, which were the subject of my mother’s fine art photography.”, says Daria Forman. Now it isn’t surprising why her pastel drawings usually portrays human untouched landscapes and sceneries.

What grabbed my attention the most was Zaria’s recent series of drawings portraying beautiful sceneries of Maldives and Greenland. In 2012, Zaria Forman started an expedition sailing up the NW coast of Greenland, documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape and, as she says, retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford. Not only that, in 2013 Zaria spent some time in Maldives, the lowest lying country in the world. I think being in one of the most untouched places on earth and seeing everything by her own eyes allowed Zaria Forman to feel the nature of these places in a different way and convey that feeling in her photorealistic pastel masterpieces which I’m eager to present you today.

Below you’ll find a collection of the most beautiful and raelistic Zaria’s drawings portraying the human untouched beauty of Maldives and Greenland. However, I recommend you to visit her website where you’ll find more of her great works.


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