Pencils can only do so much. They’re a rudimentary tool. Scratch a phone number on a cheeseburger wrapper. An appointment on a greased receipt. These things happen.
In art they can be inaccurate — graphite feels false as flesh and sunlight. A pencil is a blunt tool that takes force to work but artist Ryan Humphrey’s line work is soft and loose. His drawings are raw and untethered. A spark of the spontaneous shines through. He takes images from the Hollywood lexicon and makes them human. Honest.
There’s a coziness to his drawings, like an overcast day that you enjoy despite the weather.