Artist Ed Fairburn draws incredible portraits on maps. Sure, it sounds like a simple idea and an easy thing to execute, but this type of careful composition and use of shading in illustration is not easy accomplished by many. Fairburn claims that his art is largely figurative, and through the exploration of the human form, he is ble to examine the patterns and structures which exist across the body. Emphasis is placed on the fragmented texture of the skin, a process which has encouraged his work to evolve from its occupation of plain paper to the potential occupation of other, pre-fragmented or pre-patterned surfaces (like…maps). These works of art remind us of those 3D posters where you have to stare at it for a minute before you can see the hidden image – somehow, the facial compositions are not as obvious at first glance, but a little bit of distance when viewing will prove that these portraits are truly beautiful and unique.