I absolutely love the work of Artem Krepkiy who I found recently on the Behance network. He is a Ukranain, artist and illustrator based in Kiev, who seemsto be generating some interest at the moment. I am very impressed by anyone who can heighten pencil work to the level of art where there’s no hiding behind colour. His work is full of textural emotion, created with soft and scratchy lead work and contrasting dark and light tones of distorted otherworldly figures taken from the metro or streets of Kiev. His work is challenging me strongly to break open a box of soft lead, Faber Castells and let rip.