Powerful Visual Impact of Contrast in Black and White Drawings by Kay Lee

Kay Lee uses a white colored pencil to illuminate select portions of her subjects on black paper. The atmospheric use of dark space gives these small, minimalistic drawings an alluring sense of mystery and depth. In each piece, Lee demonstrates a keen understanding of balance in a composition. She uses hatching and cross-hatching techniques to define the light source and give her subjects a sense of three-dimensionality but also leaves a part of the drawing “in the dark,” letting it blend into the rest of the black paper. As a result, long-whiskered cats and other fluffy creatures shine like stars against the fathomless black backdrop. Scroll down to see more charming drawings by Key Lee and follow her on Instagram to keep up to date with her latest creations.

Key Lee received her formal training in fine art at the Nanjing University of the Arts in China, where she majored in oil painting.

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Now, she works as a mixed-media artist in a diverse number of mediums, including digital art, outdoor installations, as well as drawing.

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“Being alone allows us to hear our own thoughts.. make decisions without outside influences.. so let’s focus on the bright side.. make full use of #stayhomestaysafe” – Lee wrote on her Instagram.

Her portfolio of black and white illustrations demonstrates the powerful visual impact of contrast.

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She uses hatching and cross-hatching techniques to render her subjects.

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These masterpieces may be small in scale, but their expressive linework evokes a compelling sense of drama.

Lee demonstrates a keen understanding of balance in a composition.

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