Petra Kostova’s Black and White Drawings of Star-Packed Galaxies

Copenhagen-based graphic designer and illustrator Petra Kostova of Pet & Dot create dazzling galaxies composed of millions of stippled dots. To produce her concentrated star systems and dark nebulas she uses mechanical pencils (either rOtring Rapidograph or even Isograph) to draw on black and white paper. Because of the limits of her color scheme, each work is wholly formed via the high level of her preferred dots--a meditative procedure which can frequently take her a few months or weeks to complete.

Kostova also generates handmade prints made by means of a technique called Photogravure, which correctly reproduces her stippled detail. You can get these, and her original drawings, on her website and Instagram.