Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hole Punch Dots

Artist Nikki Douthwaite has created this eight by five foot portrait of Lewis Hamilton, the currently number one ranked F1 driver using 250,000 tiny pieces of coloured paper from a hole punch.

Inspired by the 'pointillism' work Seurat, Douthwaite an devoted McLaren F1 fan considers the piece a real labour of love.

Lewis Hamilton will try to wrap up the F1 world championship this weekend in Brazil in the final race of the season. He holds a seven point lead over his only remaining rival for the title, Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Not a big F1 fan, but I have tried my hand at pointillism. It is a good basis for working with computer graphics.

The technique relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color spots into a fuller range of tones and is related closely to Divisionism, a more technical variant of the method. It is a style with few serious practitioners and is notably seen in the works of Seurat, Signac and Cross.

This is the problem with pointillism, you can easily get lost in the minutia of details and loose your perspective of the big picture which in this case was a post about hole punch dots and maybe F1 racing.

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