I’m really quite proud of all the books and ephemera I created for the “study”. I made everything except the mini globe. But the books, the papers, the maps, the pencils and holder, the desk– all hand-made!
I really ought to age the paper of that letter, though; it’d look much nicer. You can’t really see it, but it’s written in tiny, tiny (nonsensical) French.
The Department of Phenomenal Pencil Art is proud to introduce its newest member, Taiwan-based artist Chien Chu Lee, who often makes use of entire pencils to create incredibly detailed sculptures, including miniature replicas of real bridges. Lee uses colored pencils instead of graphite when the bridge he’s currently recreating has a distinctive color. He carves other awesome architectural wonders in this full-pencil style as well, such as the Great Wall of China:
The grotesque miniatures of Korean sculptor Dongwook Lee
are not for everyone, and yet his work stems from what he describes as a
basic concern for all human beings. Previously featured here on our blog,
the Seoul, Korea based artist’s figures are small-scale sculptural
works, most measuring no more than 12″ inches high made of Polymer clay,
that typically depict contorted human forms. He embodies the idea of physical “likeness” in his most recent
sculptures, featuring humanoids with growths of pink-colored mushrooms
and massive, heavy lumps of flesh that they are forced to carry.
Alabama-based artist Karen Libecap, illustrates adorable, miniature paintings of intimate objects, fuzzy animals, and pop-culture references. Composed in an impossibly tiny frame, Libecap’s hyperrealistic paintings are created from a variety of materials, which include oil, watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, pen and ink.
Smaller than a coin, the illustrations pay homage to tiny art and big ideas. Using a steady hand and a set of precise tools, the artist navigates through the texture of our favorite furry friends with calculated placed shadows and quick and fine brushstrokes. The luscious mane of our favorite feline, the delicate, fragile body of a baby duck, and the adorable pink tongue of a cat are captured with impressive detail. Although her pieces are meticulously crafted, she admits, “One extra dot on a tiny painting and it no longer looks like them.
Libecap manages to adorn each of her minuscule masterpieces with a variety of shades in a small space and allot each figure its designated features, which impressively resemble the size of a fleck of dirt. You can find her entire collection in her Etsy shop.
With a diverse range of subject matter including all sorts of animals, objects, foods, portraits, and pop culture characters, Rothshank shares one work of miniature art every day via her Instagram account.
Today the Department of Miniature Marvels learned to answer to something they’ve been wondering for years: Do artists who make tiny things ever making something so small that they actually lose it and never find it again? The answer is yes for Japanese artist Shunichi Matsuba. The self-proclaimed diorama artist creates incredibly small and detailed models of automobiles and everyday objects for his dioramas, such as tiny buckets, tools, and tables, that are smaller than his own fingertips.
“So small are Matsuba’s models that he readily admits to occasionally dropping one under his desk, the tiny bucket or trashcan or whatever never to be found again.”