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Vast Ink Drawings by Manabu Ikeda

A pen and ink drawing by Manabu IkedaRebirth, pen and ink

Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda is known for vast ink drawings on a scale rarely seen in this traditional media. Encompassing cascades of small details and figures, Ikeda’s works reveal themselves over time, on prolonged viewings.


A huge pen and ink drawing of a Japanese sceneHistory of Rise and Fall, pen and ink


It’s very impressive that all of this is done in the relatively simple medium of pen and ink. Each artwork takes a central station on the paper or substrate, seeming to bloom out and up from one central point, becoming a rounded portrayal of an entire enclosed world. There’s a certain sense of satisfaction for the viewer in being able to step back and look at what seems like an entire planet.


The sense of movement in each works is excellent. Each line seems curved and interconnected, and draws the viewer’s eye all around the work. Viewing these drawings is almost like watching an animation, in the way that the drawing changings and different characters play different roles as the eye moves about the piece. 


A drawing of a massive floating stone cityArk, pen and acrylic ink

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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