What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Queen of Cross-Hatching


Elena Limkina

Limkina’s compositions are fanciful and incredibly creative. I can’t imagine how she comes up with the juxtapositions of fauna (and occasionally flora) that she creates, but they all look mysterious and utterly fascinating. They seem like they’d be drawings in a centuries-old book of spells or at least illustrations in a book about necromancy.

After looking at the dip pen cross-hatched illustrations in artist Elena Limkina’s sketchbooks, I imagined the artist must be some kind of mad monk, working away in a tower by candlelight; they have that kind of moody Baroque feel to them. Imagine my surprise when I realized the artist was a vital young woman, and a looker at that!

“I like the complexity of the task—to convey feelings, emotions, form, without using color. I use some parts of the sketches in intaglio printing (etchings, aquatint), and I would like to transfer some of them to large canvases and sculptures in the future.”

You can see all of Elena Limkina’s eye-popping drawings on her website and on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Behance.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “The Queen of Cross-Hatching

  1. The word that springs to my mind is “enchanting”. I love the intricacy of her mark-making and the strength and beauty of her compositions. They really do have the quality of spell books.

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  2. WOW!! I couldn’t find how long it took her to do one page. I just looked at a couple like I couldn/t move on. The longer you looked the more you saw. Yes, I made the drive and I am with family. Hal

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  3. WOW! Such talent….but somewhat disturbing .

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  4. Gorgeous! So much talent in these.

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  5. Interesting. As Hal said, one could become lost/mesmerized by this art.

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