Tiny Art

The pencil is typically used as the tool to create art, sketches and writing. But Dalton Ghetti turns the tables and uses the pencil as the medium to create his art. The Brazilian-born artist meticulously carves the lead tip of a pencil into tiny sculptures using a sewing needle, a razor blade and without the help of a magnifying glass. Because each carving is extremely tedious and miniscule, and it’s only a hobby next to full-time job as a carpenter, Ghetti can take up to years to complete one project or series. As a child, Ghetti carved tree bark, then started experimenting with soap and chalk before settling on graphite as his main medium. His pieces are the ultimate self-taught artistry.

“The pencil tip is great; it’s like a pure, very homogenous material. It cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain. But when I tell people how long it takes, that’s when they don’t believe it. That’s what amazes people more, the patience. Because everything nowadays has to be fast, fast, fast.”

Patience is a virtue. Ghetti’s pieces are not for sale, but he does take photos of them and makes them into postcards.


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