Get to Know the Artist Behind These Preposterously Tiny Pencil Tip Carvings
What exactly does it take to carve absurdly small sculptures into pencils? We got the chance to speak with Salavat to find out.
Sweety High: What's your background with art?
Salavat Fidai: Both of my parents are artists. I also went to art school.
SH: How did you come up with the idea to carve the tips of pencils?
SF: I had been looking for a while to discover my own style when I saw a graphite sculpture on the internet. It really interested me to do a work of art on such a small scale. It's always a challenge for me—Can I do this impossible work again? And again and again?
SH: How do you get the ideas for each of your carvings?
SF: From everywhere, like artwork from other artists on the internet, movies, books, comics, and even my dreams when I sleep.
SH: Does the pencil medium limit you at all?
SF: I don't believe that working with pencils has any restrictions. Limitations are in our heads only.
SH: How has social media helped you share your art with the world?
SF: Social media has made me famous in some circles. I am really grateful to all of my subscribers.
SH: Is there one piece that makes you the most proud?
SF: I don't know, they are all good! But maybe Wall-E and the landmarks collection.
SH: Do you have any tips for artists trying to find their own unique way to convey ideas?
SF: Just work harder than ever before, and do not be afraid to experiment. If you want to learn more, read my book The Pencil Book.
If you love Salavat Fidai's art, click HERE to check out Howard Lee's hyper-realistic side-by-side drawings.