Tiny sculptures made from pencil lead

Miniature hand sculptures carved from pencil lead by ToldART

Imagine the patience required to create such intricate carvings as this? Recollecting the tedium of sharpening pencils in art classes, only for the lead to inevitably break off would be enough to put me off. Yet for Bosnian artist Jasenko Đorđević, carving his sculptures made from pencil lead, fulfils a lifelong passion for all things miniature. During his early years, he would spend hours making things out of the tiniest bits of paper (including a 1.5 x 2.5mm origami boat), ever striving to push his limits. In 2010 he began working with pencils, and the works are so small, they require a magnifying glass to see them. Đorđević uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel to sculpt anything from three wise monkeys, to copies of famous artworks such as Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Under the alias ToldART, he chronicles his impressive portfolio of sculptures through photos and videos on Instagram.

Miniature sculpture of Rodin's The Thinker carved from a pencil by ToldART

Speak no evil and See no evil monkey sculptures carved from pencil lead by ToldART

Train sculpture made from pencil lead by ToldART

Tiny sculpture of bird sitting on birdcage carved from pencil lead by ToldART

Miniature sculpture of a screw made from the end of a lead pencil by ToldART

Miniature sculpture of Munch's The Scream carved out of pencil lead by ToldART

Images via ToldART

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).