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3.2 million dots: Stipple drawing by Miguel Endara

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You may need to explain what a xerox machine is and why the man’s face is so smushed, but after that… sit back and enjoy watching this stipple drawing, or more specifically an edit of 3.2 million dots being stippled with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen (nib size 005, 0.20 mm) over the course of 210 hours. And it all starts with just a few dots.

6 dots
In 2011, artist Miquel Endara filmed the creation of this stipple drawing, what Colossal describes as “a goofy portrait of his father’s photocopied face.” The piece is called Hero. Endara writes:

“The total number of dots was determined by multiplying the average stippling speed of this piece, 4.25 dots per second, by the amount of time logged in, 210 hours. That translated into 3,213,000. Because I think that number might be off just a few thousand dots or so, I rounded it off to an even 3.2 million.”

stipple drawing
almost complete
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