Croatian artist Vedran Stimac shows his love for both art and literature in his collection of author portraits. Portraits are a pretty straightforward way of depicting someone, but Stimac”s go a step further, and illustrate the written works of each author as a kind of internal portrait, using imagery from their writing to make up their faces.

They”re surreal, but also beautiful.

Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka, <em>Metamorphosis</em>

Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway, <em>The Old Man and the Sea</em>

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov, <em>Lolita</em>

Milja Marin and a black cat

Milja Marin and a black cat

Milja Marin was a Yugoslavian partisan.

Hugo Pratt, In Un Cielo Lontano (In a Faraway Sky)

Hugo Pratt, <em>In Un Cielo Lontano (In a Faraway Sky)</em>

F.M. Dostoyevsky, The Gambler

F.M. Dostoyevsky, <em>The Gambler</em>

Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Herman Melville, <em>Moby Dick</em>

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Entirely self-taught, Stimac, who admits to loving “doing things in a more complicated way,” uses technical pens to complete his drawings, and employs a dotting technique that makes the drawing process slow, but results in a rich, textured image. Each one of these drawings takes, according to Stimac, about 10 to 15 hours to complete. On the combination of portraiture, literature, and drawing, he says it comes naturally: “In life, we experience so much fragmentation of thought and feeling. For me, creating art brings things back together.”