Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spiral drawing of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”

This ad for Faber Castell’s Pitt brush pen takes advantage of the way the flexible tip can deliver a line of variable thickness.


(Video Link: ) The immense patience and hand control of the artist’s drawing is belied by a rapid and whimsical time-lapse delivery.

7 comments:

Pancho said...

0 o wow!
draw machine

Julia Kelly said...

Double wow!

Tom Hart said...

I find this really hard to believe...I suppose it could be for real, but...

Then again, maybe the time lapse is what's making it look unbelievable.

Olaf said...

Oh, I must get myself a Faber-Castell pen!

william said...

I agree with Tom, I just don't see how the artist could know, as he was going, exactly when to vary the weight of the pen strokes so as to create the final image. I will say Faber-Castell pens are amazingly versatile, I went on a trip and keep a sketchbook, doing all of the drawings with the brush pens, varying the pressure gave me all the line widths I needed.

Pseudonym said...

Of course, there's some precedent for doing this...

cjo76 said...

I'm not saying this is how it was done, but with a brush tip, wouldn't it be possible to just have a relief of the image below the paper. then the artist would only need to worry about keeping a relatively level line weight as he drew his large ovals. it would be kind of like a crayon rubbing. I can still imagine that would be difficult, but it seems more plausible than direct line drawing in a large spiral with no construction what so ever.