For his latest project, artist Bobby Duke turned his medium – a pencil – into the artwork itself.
The video above shows the Texas-based creative sculpting a pencil on the end of another pencil on the end of another pencil.
Using a single pencil in the beginning, he patiently chips away at the material until it has two smaller versions of itself. He then paints over it to give the illusion of three actual pencils stuck to each other.
As of writing, the video has already been received nearly three million views on YouTube, with plenty more compliments in the comments section.
“Artistry at its finest,” said one user, while another added: “Just want to say thank you for the good you put in the world. I needed your weirdness today.”
We recently spoke to Bobby Duke to find out more about him and his art. Take a look:
Please tell us more about yourself. How’d you get started as an artist?
“I’ve always been interested and made art even from a young age. My parents saw that I had some ability, so they set me up with lessons with a local artist named Judy Sager. She helped further develop my techniques and ability.
“I did, however, take a long break from art in my late teens and twenties, but it’s always been something I go back to. Now it is my full-time job.”
How would you describe your work?
“I find it very hard to describe my work as it’s very eclectic and I don’t really fit into any particular style. Each piece is so wildly different from each other it’s hard to nail down. I make what interests me.”
Where’d you get the idea to make an Inception out of pencils?
“I knew I wanted to make another pencil carving, so I brainstormed with my little brother Jackson on what would be cool. He actually came up with the idea of carving a smaller pencil from a pencil, then I decided to add an even smaller one to it. So it was a combination of Jackson and my idea.”
How long did it take you to finish the sculpture? What was the most challenging part?
“Unfortunately, I didn’t document the exact amount of time it took, but I would estimate somewhere around five to six hours. The most difficult part was not breaking it.”
Out of all the artworks you’ve made, which one is your favourite?
“The drawing I made of my oldest daughter’s eye.”
What are you planning to do next?
“It’s a secret. :)”