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July-August 2013

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Spanish Mineral Artist Alexandre Pascual i Nogués (b. 1981)

Most artists work in color, but creating art in black and white is much more difficult than one would imagine. Subtle differences in tone (intensity of shades) can be challenging to achieve, and rendering images of crystals on paper is all the more demanding. Alexandre Pascual has certainly captured the essence of minerals in his art, presenting remarkable images of crystals using the simplest of mediums: charcoal and graphite. Pascual says, “I feel more comfortable with them, working with black and white and constructing volumes with lights and shadows.” Illustrations for this article were created in 2010 and 2011.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.


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