I’ve just made what I think is one of the most awesome little artworks I’ve ever achieved. It is a 5″ x 5″ portrait and done is a similar way to the 2012 collage I created called Parc. There are hundreds of tiny pieces of paper building up the picture in such a way that it almost becomes a painting. The laying of the pieces is a very fine art here. During the creation I have lines of little pieces which need to be placed with such precision that just one piece out of place can ruin the picture.
With the portrait the structure of the human face is so precise that even a tiny adjustment in the positioning of facial features can change the identity of a person. The pieces that I glue in place set within a few minutes so alteration needs to be done quickly and decisively. The way our eyes perceive colour and shading, combined with the anatomy of the face means that it can be easy to mess up here. I know I’ve done the job though and am really happy with the outcome.
So why can’t you see it? Well, it was intended as a quick collage on a birthday card. It got a little out of hand and ended up taking me most of a day but it will still be given away to the intended recipient. I think that it would be unfair to share the birthday surprise here until after the event itself. It will be shared here eventually, I promise, but until then you just have to take my word for it. I am harbouring a secret happiness, and overwhelming pride in my skill, and a real delight in knowing that what I’ve accomplished will be enjoyed by somebody else in the near future.
In the meantime, here’s Parc.