UPSTATE SC -- The new digital art exhibition Pencil Portraits consists of ten black-and-white
images digitally enhanced from original black-and-white and color photographs of ten different models.
"I've always been facinated by traditional artists that are able to take a simple pencil and
create wonderful portraits with just a few, well placed strokes on plain paper," Allio said.
"These images are intended to be a digital representation of those same skills and techniques."
In the history of artistic portraiture, the subject displayed their finest clothes and jewels rather
than their natural bodies. Paintings and drawings of the nude have traditionally shown the model in
full figure. Eye contact between the nude model and the viewer were also avoided in traditional art.
The ten Pencil Portraits of the beautiful women of this fine art collection combine the
portrait style with the nude figure through a technique similar to pencil or charcoal sketches. They
also cross the traditional lines through voyeuristic exhibition of erotic and intimate - but not always
private - moments with these natural models.