American artist Craig Alan is famous for creating works of art that are more than your average portrait. He creates unique oil paintings of pop-culture icons whose visage, at first glance, appears to be composed of tiny pixels. However, if you take a closer look, you will realize that these intricate drawings are made of dozens, sometimes hundreds of tiny exquisite figures.

Alan carefully plans his detailed drawings and spends copious amounts of time creating each tiny figure. Each character has their own identity and personality which he has thought through to the smallest detail – all with microscopic clothes, faces, and shadows. Sometimes he even adds a personal touch to these easter eggs and paints caricatures of his family members and friends. The finished figures then culminate to form spectacular and mesmerizingly unique artworks.

More info: Instagram

Joker

Pablo Picasso

John Lennon

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Persistence of Memory

Muhammad Ali

“Scale of Being”

Jerry Garcia The Grateful Dead