Stunning Pointillist Images Created By Burning Tiny Dots Into Paper With Incense

We have seen many beautiful pyrography works before, but normally they appear on wood with a laser flame device. Korean artist Jihyun Park uses an art tool that you might never expect: incense sticks. And rather than etching his flames into wood, he uses delicate white rice paper. The result is a beautiful pointillist style of landscape that when mounted on a canvas shows shadows in the burn holes and make the rest of the image pop.

Seriously Saturated: Black Ink Tattoos by Kamil Czapiga

Inspired by antique prints, wildlife, music, imaginary worlds, and Slavic mythology, Polish tattoo artist Kamil Czapiga has a brilliant talent for creating depth with just black ink. He uses pointillist techniques to give dimension to his designs and has a unique personal flair. Working in the city of Katowice, Poland, the richness of his black ink in some areas seems almost impossible.

Hammer & Nail Pointillism: Stunning Portraits by David Foster

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We’ve seen some pretty impressive examples of classic pointillism, with Miguel Endara using 3.2 million dots for one portrait. Federico Pietrella amazed us again using date stamps in a pointillist fashion to re-create photographs. And now we are pleased to bring you these hammer & nail stippling works by David Foster. Using thousands of nails hammered to a canvas, he varies the solidity and shading to create stunning portraits of celebrities, animals, and of course, a hammer and nail!

Drawing In Circles: Ballpoint Pen Pointillism


With a lot of talent and even more patience, UK based illustrator Jacob Everett has a unique style for creating large scale portraits. The 22 year old artist overlaps thousands of ballpoint ink ellipses, building up more or less to re-produce the contours of each subject’s face. Up close, the pictures look pixelated, but from afar they look like a photograph. He explains:

I am interested in the contrast between the minute, repetitive mark-making and the highly personal image that is created. The process is similar to mass production. I work from photographs, concentrating on one section of the face at a time. Over several shifts spent in this way, the work culminates in a finished product which is, paradoxically, an authentic and personal portrait.

Torn Up Magazines Become Classic Art

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Using the torn pages of old magazines, Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz recreates classic paintings in a pointillist style. From afar it would be hard to tell that these pieces are not actually by their original artists- Van Gogh, Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Caravaggio- but as you look closely you can see the faces and objects from the pages of the magazines. Originally from Sao Paolo Brazil, Muniz keeps art interesting using unexpected tools like puzzle pieces, thread, jam, chocolate, ketchup, dust, toys, pigments, and sugar to create unique pieces. I would imagine seeing one of these up close in person would be even more magnificent. Muniz has had his work on exhibition all over the world, even showing at the MET and Whitney Museum in NYC.

Save the Date: Ink Stamp Pointillism

If you thought old school librarians were the only ones who know how to use an ink date stamp, think again. Italian artist Federico Pietrella has put a contemporary twist on classical painting by using only a date stamp to recreate photographs of simple objects.  According to the artist, “Time is a mysterious thing.  For me it’s the most important thing from which everything is derived- work, existence, life.”  Each picture takes Pietrella 1-2 months, which is evidenced when you look closely since he uses the current date each time he stamps.

3.2 Million Dots and 210 Hours Later

At first glance you would think that this is just a photocopy of some guys face smashed against a scanner. Well, you are mistaken. Miguel Endara’s piece entitled “Hero” is a portrait of his father made up of 3.2 million dots from a ballpoint pen. A technique like this takes a steady hand and a lot of patience.