Emma Towers-Evans is a self-taught, London-based portrait artist from the Black Country. She has always been fascinated by the natural world, and therefore for much of her life has turned her attention to drawing and painting animals. In recent years Emma has concentrated on studying portraiture, and since refining her hyperreal rendering techniques under the guidance of Dirk Dzimirsky in 2017, she has focussed entirely on hyperrealism in pencil.
Emma’s current drawings are completed on paper in graphite pencil, black pencil, and white pastel pencil. In her hyperreal portraits, Emma explores the juxtaposition of exaggerated and simplified textures, with a view to mimicking how the observer may see a subject, or similarly how the depth of field of a photograph allows the photographer to pick out certain points of interest. She does this through heightening or reducing contrast, and therefore manipulating apparent depth or size of textures.