Allen Williams is a graphite god. His skills with the humble pencil, graphite powder and a quality sheet of paper are astounding. I often find myself wondering how he achieves such beauty, smoothness and intricacy.
He primarily works with graphite and his pieces don't often involve too much colour. The subject matter is often a mixture of fantastical demonic creatures mixed with realism and dark texture. There is a cloudiness surrounding organic forms which he seems to develop as he goes, allowing his imagination to expertly guide his skilful hands.
I have often thought of it like you are somewhere between a waking dream and a nightmare, where someone, or something, is reaching to grab you and it looks and feels very real but you wake up and its gone. You caught a glimpse of the creature, it should scare you but you are drawn to it.
From Allens website:
Allen’s drawings directly respond to his surrounding environment and he uses everyday experiences and objects as a starting point for many of his pieces. Often these are framed instances and objects that would go unnoticed in their original context. By choosing mainly formal solutions, Allen tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels; these are meant to incite the viewer to make new personal associations within his work.
He's a great one to follow on Instagram as he films live drawing sessions where followers can ask questions about his technique, what he uses and where he gets his inspiration. I quite often dip in and out of these as I am a graphite nut and fascinated with how Allen achieves such perfection with his textures and layers. He seems to work into his images with such delicate care, building darkness and effectively off-setting the negative space but then, his line work is also astonishing.