Los Angeles-based surrealist Alexandra Dillon brings back to life things that people throw away in the most charming way. Dillon scavenges worn out paintbrushes and other common objects to use them as canvases for portraits of imaginary people.

"My characters come to me the way [they do to] novelists," Dillon told Bored Panda. "They show up and tell me who they are." The artist doesn't start with a specific idea. "I never quite know who will show up," Dillon said. She allows the "soul" of a particular object to "shape" its face. Because of that, her characters range from a mysterious lady on a cleaver to a shady guy on a paintbrush.

"I work on each piece over the course of several days," Dillon said. "They often change and grow into themselves more fully. When I have found the emotion and personality of a character, I know I'm finished."

The artist said she loves making these small portraits. "It's like meeting a new friend every day. I get to paint faces and conjure character in a way that is more fun than just working on a canvas." Scroll down to check out Dillon's gang and upvote your favorite personalities!

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Undead Soldier
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2 years ago

Really cool.

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Maria T.
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2 years ago

these are going to haunt my dreams

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Andrew Gibb
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2 years ago

the kiss of death

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Hope Floats
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2 years ago

When someone llocks their eyes on you...

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

Lady Gaga!!

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Megan
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2 years ago

Some part of me wants to hang this above my bed

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J. Pell
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2 years ago

These remind me of the Fayum, Egypt, Roman portraits. The individuals had their portraits on the their sarcophagus and were traditionally mummified. The work on these discarded objects is beautiful.

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Phoebe Hofsteede
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2 years ago

Love these!

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Charlotte Brine
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2 years ago

Adele...?

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Kristin Connon
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2 years ago

I LOVE that dress

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Kimberly Robinson
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2 years ago

This reminds me of the old photos of the Romanov princesses.

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Kristin Connon
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2 years ago

*me in the kitchen pretending to be a fruit ninja

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

Klimt!!!

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

A young Nicolas Cage as a hairbrush

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Kristin Connon
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2 years ago

That one with the little bit of bangs is awesome

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Bobbi Newell
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2 years ago

That axe has seen some sh*t!

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Agnes Jekyll
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2 years ago

This is gorgeous!

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Kristin Connon
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2 years ago

Haunting eyes... beautiful