Gorgeous Ink Portraits Drawn on the Backs of Old Envelopes


Mark Powell, whose work we discovered over at Colossal, draws incredibly detailed, sumptuous portraits on the backs of vintage envelopes with nothing but a regular old Bic Biro pen. These portraits, often of the elderly subjects, are drawn on the backs of vintage envelopes, and Powell subtly incorporates remnant text, stamps, or just the lines of folding into his work. The result is an extremely compelling series that makes us reconsider the lost art of letter writing — and makes us want to call our grandparents. Click through to see some of our favorite portraits, and then be sure to peep even more of Powell’s work here.