If you ever thought that a graphite pencil is usually only a tool for writing, that its structure and use strictly have a practical nature, Salavat Fidai would not agree with you. This Russian artist has opened new horizons in miniature art and gave a whole new meaning and appearance to pencils. Before he proved himself as an outstanding miniaturist artist, he worked as a lawyer. One day, he decided to close the office doors and fully commit himself to the art. His primary inspiration was well-known art master Dalton Ghetti. The journey had begun.
As graphite is extremely fragile, Salavat need not only be very careful, but very patient too. Creating micro sculptures into the head of pencils requires serious time and dedication. In order to fulfill his final vision, he needs to use tools such as a large magnifying glass, a cutter ( X-ACTO knife ), and a thin brush.
This freelance artist is living proof that the mind is an incredible instrument of creation. His amazing attention to detail leads to the perfect miniature sculptures. There is almost no limit to the type of curves that Fidai can do. It takes him from 6 to 12 hours of hard work to carve a specific shape on the tip of a pencil and the result is always breathtaking.
Although he became famous thanks to the art masterpiece of carving pencils, Fidai also shows stunning art on matchboxes. He mostly drew replicas of Van Gogh. Incredible depictions in oil on canvas are something that he also does.
Simson inspiration – Bart Simson
Micro Burj – Khalifa
Sculpture of the Big Ban
Fish from the Box trolls
Game of Thrones
Check out Salavat Fidai website.