Art “No thought, just draw’, the illustrations of Trevor Shin
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“No thought, just draw’, the illustrations of Trevor Shin

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Tommaso Berra
Trevor Shin | Collater.al

Sitting on a public transport or in a laundrette, with a sketch pad reproducing at full speed the person sitting in front of him or the pattern of washing machines at work. This is how one has to imagine Los Angeles-based illustrator Trevor Shin, author of illustrations that are the result of a direct observation of human nature and everything that surrounds him. In ink, pen and watercolour, he creates drawings that – even before turning to digital – start from life, recounting without calculation a situation that was able to catch Shin’s attention out of the blue.

Trevor Shin | Collater.al

Drawing from life as an instant postcard is a challenge because very calculated details are needed to recreate a movement or the personality of the portrayed subject. Trevor Shin’s approach follows the guideline “No thought, just draw“, throwing situations on the paper so as not to miss the right moment. A very photographic method in approaching illustration, which the artist divides into a first phase in which the main subject is depicted and a subsequent phase in which the drawing is filled with observations.
Amongst these observations is colour, which does not necessarily follow the line of realism but serves an expressive and environmental function. A series of interesting watercolours is also posted on the artist’s Instagram profile to discover how Trevor Shin ‘filters life through his hands‘.

Trevor Shin | Collater.al
Trevor Shin | Collater.al
Trevor Shin | Collater.al
Trevor Shin | Collater.al
Trevor Shin | Collater.al
Trevor Shin | Collater.al
Trevor Shin | Collater.al
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Written by Tommaso Berra
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