Have you heard of the artist Dalton Ghetti? Well, I just read about him yesterday, and his extraordinary talent of creating artwork from pencil lead. Think of the crazy amount of patience this would take? In the article it says that all of his pieces that have broken while he was working on them have been put into a box that he calls his 'graveyard collection'. I can imagine that there are a ton in there.
Stone and I were also marveling at how perfect his eyesight must be. It is hard to stare at anything for too long, let alone something as tiny as pencil lead. I think he should do a collection in colored pencils to spice things up a bit :)
Here is a bit of information about him from the article, and you can go here to read more!
Dalton Ghetti is a truly incredible artist. This 49-year-old carpenter from Bridgeport, CT has been carving utterly stunning miniature sculptures, without the aid of a magnifying glass, for more than a quarter of a century. Every amazing piece is carved from the tip of a lead pencil. As a child, he began by carving tree bark, but moved on to other things, like soap to chalk before deciding that graphite was his preferred medium.After so many years and so much practice, this method of sculpting has become second nature to Dalton now, and to do the vast majority of his work, he needs nothing more than a sewing needle, a razor blade, a sculpting knife and a carpenter’s or No. 2 pencil. He says of the art he produces: “The pencil tip is great; it’s like a pure, very homogeneous material. It cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain. But when I tell people how long it takes, that’s when they don’t believe it. That’s what amazes people more, the patience. Because everything nowadays has to be fast, fast, fast.”