Miniature maestro Salavat Fidai spent 25 years of his life working as a lawyer, until he could take no more of the exhaustion. During the Russian recession, the artist took a flip turn when he decided to pursue art. What started as still photography of everyday objects like fruits and vegetables graduated to miniature paintings on small objects like matchboxes and pumpkin seeds. In its full maturity, the art of Fidai has reached its pinnacle. Punintended. The craftsmanship of Fidai is apparent in his minutely detailed and brilliantly sharp miniature graphite sculptures on the tips of pencils.
Both of Fidai’s parents had pursued art, and this paved the way for the artist himself. His works have been exhibited around the world, and he has collaborated with houses such as HBO. When he discovered his calling in the later half of 2014, he was already piqued by miniature.Salavat Fidai had been experimenting with different mediums, and graphite tips of pencils provided just the amount of challenge and intrigue he was looking for. Owing to the delicate nature of this medium, creating sculptures is always a bet; there is always the looming risk of a sculpture crumbling after hours of finesse. The artist spends six to twelve hours creating these miniature graphite sculptures, using a craft knife and a stereo microscope to reach the utmost precision. However, some complicated works will take two to three days, and sometimes upto four weeks, as was the case with the Iron Throne of the popular TV series Game Of Thrones that the artist collaborated with HBO for.
If you’re wondering just how small these sculptures are, Salavat uses leads with merely 0.5 to 2mm diameter. Needless to say, spectators are offered microscopes and magnifying glasses to see and understand the pin-pointed art.
Xenomorph, from Alien.
Godzilla × graphite.
Miniature graphite sculpture of the adorable Stitch in making.
The tiniest Snowman there is.
We know about small dinosaurs, but this rendering of Rex is the tiniest we’ll ever find.
Not only TV characters and motifs, the artist has created pencil lead sculptures of a plethora of things, including comic book characters, household items, architectural wonders, musical instruments, social media icons, alphabets and objects of cultural significance.
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