Typewriter Art

By Meera Dolasia on January 17, 2009

For most of us a typewriter is a relic of the past. But for Keira Rathborne, it is a means to create really cool art.

The 25-year old graduate of fine-art, spends up to 90 hours creating each masterpiece, hammering away at various letters and punctuation marks thousands and thousands of times to get the right image.

Keira's drawings range from beautiful landscapes to famous celebrities like Tom Hanks and Kate Moss. Her favorite key for buildings and views is dashes and apostrophes, while for portraits she gravitates towards brackets.

All her drawings are done freelance with no sketched outline. And even whilst creating the pictures she doesn't move from left to right, like typing a letter, but focuses on building each portion completely, before moving to the next section.

Keira discovered her typewriter art skills quite accidentally, when she bought a $10 USD typewriter machine from a vintage shop to complete her college assignments. Her first piece of art was a simple eye which took her a long time. 

Now she can type-draw almost anything by just tapping with one finger - quite amazing!

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  • rc99130
    rc99130Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 8:28 am
    • enderwiggin
      enderwigginSunday, November 29, 2015 at 10:59 am
      This is so cool!!!!
      • jinkim0808
        jinkim0808Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm
        • abigaild707
          abigaild707Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:10 am
          • ccMonday, April 21, 2014 at 9:27 am
            not cool
            • bluefox
              bluefoxSaturday, November 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm
              I think that it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • lionsrcute1
              lionsrcute1Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm
              • davenportdmen
                davenportdmenTuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm
                • Scott HighetTuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:39 am
                  This is intresting
                  • susie
                    susieSunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:25 am
                    she must be really talented!!!
                    • dannyphantomfan
                      dannyphantomfanSunday, November 29, 2015 at 5:54 am
                      I so agree. Not anyone can look at a typewriter and say, "I wonder what the next picture will be". I know I can't. Well, you can, but you get what I mean.
                    • mlawesome
                      mlawesomeSaturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

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