I am completely obsessed with bumblebees, so of course I fell instantly in love with Christopher Owen Smith’s nature-inspired charcoal drawings. His line, Wild Pulp, features the most interesting and lifelike prints of bees (among his other subjects). Smith’s use of charcoal is what is truly unique about his work – it gives his drawings a somewhat smudged, almost messy quality that perfectly captures the fuzzy texture of bees’ bodies and simultaneously works to blur their outlines, freezing their swift movements in time. Somehow, Smith captures exactly what I love about bees in his naturalistic but still playful prints; they are chaotic but beautiful, agile, and lively.
Smith’s line was officially launched in 2010 with a collection of six charcoal drawn card designs, and since then, he has added archival prints, gift tags, and seasonal calendars to his repertoire. In addition to archival prints of his charcoal drawings, Smith creates photographic work with hand-cut paper and bark templates.