Small Things: Pencil Sculptures

Patience, practice and precision. It's not the first or last time we'll see the trifecta manifested in art form, or this kind of creativity or craftsmanship for that matter, but it's equally impressive nonetheless.

Here, Brazilian-born Dalton Ghetti meticulously carves the graphite of pencils into neat-o micro sculptures using a razor blade, sewing needle, a sculpting knife and a steady hand. No magnifying glass. The process for each sculpture can take anywhere between a few months to a few years. Over time, he has broken many works-in-progress and keeps them in what he calls "the cemetery collection." "I worked on them for months so they might be dead now, but at one point I gave them life."

I especially appreciated how Ghetti's subtle shift in stance in regards to failure and re-casted metrics shifted his balance in favor of success more often than not. He said: "It would drive me mad when I would be just a bit too heavy handed and the pencil's tip would break. I would get very nervous sometimes, particularly when the piece was almost finished, and then I would make a mistake. I decided to change the way I thought about the work -- when I started a new piece my attitude would be 'well this will break eventually but let's see how far I get'. It helped me break fewer pencils, and although I still do break them, it's not as often." Word.

{The Cemetery Collection}