Cheshire-born artist Nikki Douthwaite spends staggering amounts of time and patience to create her hole-punch paper portraits. Using tweezers and glue to arrange up to 600,000 dots on any one piece, her works include recreations of John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali. Her portraits have earned Nikki a Guinness World Record for the biggest number of dots used in a single picture – as well as her fair share of strain injuries after spending endless hours manning the hole punch.
When it comes to creating micro mosaics of celebrities, there are few artists who have used as many mediums as Jason Mercier. From candy images of the Spice Girls to a noodle representation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer – and even edible election meat portraits of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney – he has literally done it all.
Barcodes. Seen one, feels like you’ve seen ‘em all. Well, artist Scott Blake has changed all that. His barcode portraits use real barcodes to create impressive reproductions of famous faces, each one comprised of barcodes that are related to the subject. For example, his ‘Barcode Elvis’ portrait (pictured) uses barcodes from Elvis CDs – you can even scan them on your smartphone. Scott has also made portraits out of QR codes, book covers and even a self-portrait out of downloaded Ecstasy pills.
German artist Nina Boesch found a great way to recycle over 30,000 used NYC Metro tickets, turning them into eco-friendly one-of-a-kind mosaic portraits. Artworks include Woody Allen and Audrey Hepburn a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Considering each piece sells for up to $2,500, I wonder if I could do the same with all those old train tickets lining the bottom of my bag…
Artist WBK creates amazing celebrity portraits out of keyboard keys, and has recreated every famous mug from Nelson Mandela to Tom Selleck in his unique QWERTY style. Don’t be fooled by their realistic appearance though; they may look like compositions of physical keys, but all his artwork is 100% digital. Makes sense – after all, we’ve yet to see a computer with a keyboard coloured to Johnny Depp’s exact flesh tone in real life.