Talented Artist Remodels Pencils Into Awesome Miniature Works Of Art

Pencils are indeed a great tool to create art. Who’d have thought the pencil itself could be turned into art? This is exactly what this artist has been doing.  Jasenko Đorđević, a Bosnian artist, creates intricate miniature sculptures using the fragile graphite core of pencils and they are absolutely wonderful.

Ever since Đorđević was drawn to miniature art in his childhood, he has experimented with a wide variety of canvasses until he decided to settle for pencil lead. He was originally inspired by Dalton Ghetti, a pioneer artist in this form of creation. With trial and error, Đorđević brought his own fashion into the art which quickly established his status as a gifted sculptor in the world.

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It was at the beginning of the year 2010 that a link sent by his brother introduced him to the art of carving graphite. He finished his first project within a few days. Though it wasn’t the best of his works, it was enough to spark an interest in the field.

He told MyModernMet that working with graphite is very challenging: “Graphite is a fragile, easily breakable material. It takes a lot of concentration for extended periods of time to avoid any breaks during production.

Also, the diameter of the pencil is between 0.5mm – 0.4mm (depending on the pencil) so there is not much room, especially not for errors. If a mistake is made, it is measured in tenths of a millimeter.”

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After choosing the design, his carving process comes in two phases. The first phase which “lasts anywhere from five to 10 hours” is to complete the rough outline of the finished product. Subsequently, he takes a couple of high-resolution images to make sure the end-product of phase one satisfies all his “desired aesthetic criteria”.

“Phase two is the detail phase, the phase where all the fine details are done. This portion requires a microscope, and it may take up to two days, depending on the complexity of the sculpture. When phase two is complete, so is the sculpture.”

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For his hard work on the miniature, he has been rewarded with “meaning, opportunities, pleasure, and most importantly, freedom”. “Freedom from the monotony of everyday life and, sometimes, freedom of my own thoughts,” he said.

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