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Featured Shop: Todd Borka

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Hello! My name is Todd Borka, and I live in Lyon, France. I draw portraits from my sunny apartment, spread out on the floor or at my big wooden desk.

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Once upon a time, I only drew for companies – publishing houses, ad agencies or magazines. The inspiration there came from fake people with perfect faces and perfect bodies. Perfection is boring! Gradually, I realized that I would prefer to work with real people and sell my drawings for less money.

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The first products I offered in my shop were portraits on paper. I make them by drawing on a digital tablet and printing out the finished piece on nice, thick paper. After that, I wanted to think of a way for people to always keep a portrait on them, so I made my small pendants. The pendants are made from raw wood, and I draw the portraits on them by hand. My latest products are the candles, which are very symbolic to me.

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Selling on Etsy made me reconsider my work. When you work for an agency, they’ll order a drawing and say, “Thank you. Give us your bank account and we’ll pay you in a month. Goodbye.” And voila! It’s over. Now I finally get to draw real people and have a meaningful exchange, which feels good.

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My goal is to make approachable art. I draw for couples that may not have a $500 budget, but still want a drawing. I would like to draw all of the people of the world and make a huge mosaic of faces. I am fascinated by faces.

All photographs by Todd Borka.

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