Something Beautiful – Art by Rafael Araujo

I’ve been terrible at blogging, so I thought the very least I could do is share something beautiful to start your Monday off right. I’m going to do this every week.

First up is the stunning collection by Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo. The series is called Calculation, and I first saw them on the blog Colossal.

Nautilus, by Rafael Araujo.

Nautilus, by Rafael Araujo.

Here is what they wrote about these fantastic pieces:

At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill.



These are just so beautiful! The precision and care is just phenomenal.

Shell, 2004, Ink, acrylic/canvas 47.1x39.3 in., Rafael Araujo

Shell, 2004, Ink, acrylic/canvas 47.1x39.3 in., Rafael Araujo

Go to his website and look at all of them. Quite a few have process shots, and the link to the blog post above has a great photo of Shell in progress showing the tools he uses.

Seen anything beautiful lately? Share with me in the comments!

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