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Stunning Crayon Pixel Art By Christian Faur

Christian Faur is a Granville, Ohio based artist who uses hundreds of thousands of individual crayons to produce a single, pixelated image.

“My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can still remember the pleasure of opening a new box of crayons: the distinct smell of the wax, the beautifully colored tips, everything still perfect and unused. Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain.”

Looking for something new, Christian experimented with various painting with wax techniques, but he just didn’t feel good about his results. Then, in 2005, his young daughter opened a box of 120 Crayola crayons he’d bought her for Christmas, and everything clicked into place…

“The images completely disappear when viewed from close up, allowing one to read the horizontally sequenced crayon text and to take in the beautifully colored crayon tips — all the while being reminded of that first box of crayons.”

However, I find his technique not artistic at all – he starts each work by scanning a photo into a computer and breaking the image down into coloured blocks that shows him exactly where to place each crayon. Is this art? Or just a clever technique which needs nothing more than patience and a lot of hard work?

Website: christianfaur.com

Crayon Boy

Winds

Mortage Of The Future

Crayon Boy #2

Where The Sidewalk Ends

The Dance

The Jacket

Girl #1

Girl #2

Arnie

The Color Purple

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  • http://h Erik

    very god men

  • Maxim DS

    This is so cool!
    I know a site where you can ‘pixelate’ your own image, but making it with crayons instead of little colored dots, just awesome!

  • Olbert

    So, it’s not art: it’s just a technique for producing an aesthetically moving effect through the use of dedication, perseverance and hard work? That’s like saying a car isn’t a motor vehicle – it’s just a transportation device that uses the motive power of an internal combustion engine to drive a series of wheels controlled by a steering system.

  • Tianyuan

    Really curious about the creative process.

  • http://www.yourwaytomagic.com Yourwaytomagic

    Very impressive. How long will it take to make something like that?

    Have a wonderful day!

    Yourwaytomagic

  • http://frozenagain.com/ eli

    I saw his work at the SOFA chicago art show just a few weeks ago– it was incredible! He writes messages into the pictures… check out his website. it’s just amazing. :)

    Also, as Olbert said, it’s clearly artistic and therefore art.

  • http://criaturasinvisiveis.blogspot.com Maira

    Well to me this is art. You think about the technic and it seems easy, or that anyone could do, but it’s not.
    The guy as a mothef*c*ing vision, this is amasing.