The figures created by Chile-based illustrator Álvaro Tapia Hidalgo bypass any form of subtlety and drive to full-on dramatic. Each element separated from the body and reattached potato-head style. No matter the level of distress and dismantling, Hidalgo keeps the human form front and center.
These illustrations are loose and free improvisations using both analog and digital techniques. Neither outweighs the other, neither masking, rather enhancing their counterpart. The digital work is clear, the varnish of pixels folding the pen and ink work into the anchored lines and colored blocks into a vibrant final piece. You can see Hidalgo at work in his studio in this short video demonstration here.