Portraits From Crayons: The Work of Christian Faur

August 08, 2012

It is one thing to draw portraits with crayons, and it is another thing to arrange the tips of crayons in such a way as to create a photorealistic portrait. Christian Faur does the latter, where he arranges the tips of crayons, stacked straight up, into pixel-like compositions that act as portraits. The results are quite impressive. (via)

As Faur notes, "I think of it like a game, with a set of axioms that are established at the outset through the limitations of the material or forms from which the work is constructed, which then dictates what can and cannot be 'said' within the boundaries of the chosen medium. This material limitation can also be a strength, as there is the potential to contain thoughts and ideas in unique ways, so that the 'medium' can become the 'message'. This intertwining of form and function can be seen most directly in my work, which is comprised of crayons and shredded paper."