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Pencil Sharpenings 'Bullfighter' by Marta Altes

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Bullfighter’ by Marta Altés
(Image © Marta Altés)

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! (Dr. Seuss)

Who does this? Who has the imagination and whimsy to come up with the lovely idea of creating images out of discarded pencil savings? Marta Altés – that’s who.

Originally from Barcelona, Marta started her career as a graphic designer before moving to the UK to study children’s book illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She now works as an illustrator, and by the looks of things, it was an inspired decision.

Her work puts a smile on my face…

Pencil Shavings 'Wave' by Marta Altes

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Wave’ by Marta Altés
(Image © Marta Altés)

Playing with Pencil Shavings 'Ole' by Marta Altes (Image © Marta Altés)

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Ole’ by Marta Altés
(Image © Marta Altés)

Playing with Pencil Shavings 'Fly' by Marta Altés

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Fly’ by Marta Altés
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Playing with Pencil Shavings 'Hell Yeah!' by Marta Altés

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Hell Yeah!’ by Marta Altés
(Image © Marta Altés)

Playing with Pencil Shavings 'Flower' by Marta Altés

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Flower’ by Marta Altés
(Image © Marta Altés)

Playing with Pencil Shavings 'Swan Lake' by Marta Altés

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Swan Lake’ by Marta Altés
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Playing with Pencil Shavings 'Grrrr!' by Marta Altés

Playing with Pencil Shavings ‘Grrrr!’ by Marta Altés
(Image © Marta Altés)

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. (Dr. Seuss)

Marta’s website is just as whimsical as her playing with pencil shavings. Go check it out here.

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