"The Pencil Assassin" displays hauntingly beautiful illustrations
Portrait artist Eiko Brown masquerades as “The Pencil Assassin” on Instagram, and her artistic motivations are culled from objects with which she is both fascinated and attached.
Her work reflects the very dedicated and detail-oriented Japanese culture in which she grew up, and this accuracy, cultivated through photorealism, elicits meticulous details, right down to the individual hairs on a subject’s head. “Dark Beauty” is evidence of the artist’s fascination with Blythe Dolls; through the marriage of patience and precision, Brown, 27, creates “little lifeless souls, irresistible and adorable.”
The accentuated eyes “project a surreal sense of life into a lifeless subject,” says Brown, whose work is on display at Red-Karpet Tattoo, at 8 Depot St., in Dalton, where she creates alongside her husband and tattoo artist, Brian.
Customers are left with a difficult choice: pencil on paper or ink on skin—or both?