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Kyle Bean’s Life-Like Portraits are Made Entirely Out of Pencil Shavings
Posted By Helen Morgan On July 16, 2011 @ 11:00 am In Art,Design,Gallery | No Comments
Illustrator Kyle Bean has created an unusual series of portraits by setting down his pencil and using solely his pencil shavings. Collecting the discarded remnants of a colored pencil, Bean skillfully arranges the debris to reflect variations of tone, and even specific facial details, in these amazing and very life-like portraits.
Created for Wallpaper’s  ‘Handmade issue’ , these fun portraits  are depictions of the contributors to the edition, and portray their subtle impressions with just a few precisely placed layers of pencil shavings. Each textured portrait is formed using a different pencil crayon, where amazingly one single color creates an effect with significant depth.
An original use for an otherwise redundant material, Bean shows how great artwork can be formed from even the most unusual waste!
This is not the first time the Brighton-based artist has created fun and inspired work with waste materials. Bean’s Chicken made from eggshells  is a great response to the time-old ‘What came first?’ debate. His other works also hold to an environmental slant, like his amazing ‘Unmade’  animation which shows pencils growing into a tree (as opposed to being made from it), and a model town shaped as an airplane for his ‘Aerotropolis’  airport city feature.
+ Kyle Bean 
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URLs in this post:
 Wallpaper’s: http://www.wallpaper.com/
 ‘Handmade issue’: http://www.wallpaper.com/handmade/2011
 fun portraits: http://inhabitat.com/samuel-price-dog-portraits/
 great artwork : http://inhabitat.com/elaborate-iconic-portraits-give-junk-mail-a-second-life/
 Chicken made from eggshells: http://www.kylebean.co.uk/portfolio/#whatcamefirst
 ‘Unmade’: http://www.kylebean.co.uk/portfolio/#unmade
 ‘Aerotropolis’: http://www.kylebean.co.uk/portfolio/#aerotropolis
 + Kyle Bean: http://www.kylebean.co.uk/
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