By Jack Williams
This talented artist has found a knack for turning everyday words into the subject matter they happen to describe.
Whether it be “Pizza”, “Ghost”, “Girl”, or even millennial vocabulary additions like “Emoji” or “Snapchat”, Jonathan Stephen Harris seamlessly converts text into masterpieces.
For the word “Emoji”, for example, talented Jonathan, 39, manages to implement a smiling face, diamond ring and the famous Scream face – staples of the emoji keyboard.
The artist, who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, came up with the idea for the series earlier this year, having previously worked on “trick art” with his two children.
“Trick art”, Jonathan said, would mean turning the likes of the word “Lion” into the face of a lion.
Soon, though, the artist was challenging himself to add more far-reaching words and drawings to his repertoire – pieces that he would then upload to his popular YouTube channel.
To date, Jonathan has created more than 40 such works, with some, such as “iPhone”, garnering more than one million views online.
In the future, the artist plans to add to the unnamed series, which he has simply been referring to as “Wordtoons” or “Word Art”.
Jonathan said: “I’m a designer foremost and I enjoy a challenge.
“Creating pictures from words is really fun to do because there are so many differently possibilities, but the biggest enjoyment is seeing or reading people’s reactions.
“I have two kids who I like to impress with some of my trick art, and I’ve always known how to draw a lion’s face after drawing out the word lion.
“They were impressed and dared me to make a video and put it on my YouTube channel.
“I must add this style of drawing is very different to my usual style, so I was taking a risk. But it got a big response from my current subscribers, so I naturally did more.
“I have to say, the response has been overwhelming.”