Million Dots Photorealistic Portraits by Miguel Endara

Artist Miguel Endara creates these incredibly detailed pointillism photorealistic portraits made using Sakura Pigma Micron pen (nib size 005, 0.20 mm).

In 2004 an unconscious man was discovered unconscious behind a fast food restaurant dumpster in Richmond Hill, Georgia with no belongings, no ID, no memory of who he was, severe sunburn, and was nearly blind from cataracts. After months of ongoing evaluation from doctors and psychologists, it was determined he was suffering from retrograde amnesia.

He adopted the name Benjaman Kyle, an homage to the fast food joint at which he was discovered, and has embarked on a search for his true identity sparking massive amounts of media coverage and even a short film, 'Finding Benjaman', by John Wikstrom.

Kyle has been denied the ability to obtain a new social security number which in turn prevents him from opening a bank account or having a credit card. The government argues that he already has one, but despite the efforts of fingerprint matching, DNA tests, and exposure on television, he simply cannot determine his true identity.

Miguel Endara was inspired to help him, after catching a screening of 'Finding Benjaman' at the Tribeca Film Festival. The artist made this portrait that took nearly 138 hours to complete, contains roughly 2.1 million of dots to spread awareness for Bengaman’s plight and to help raise money through the sale of prints to support a petition to get him a new social security number.

He also recreates his father’s photocopied face with 3.2 millions of dots.

"Originally I was planning to photograph him with glass on his face, but that was difficult without a good camera and it wouldn’t get good hi-res of the skin and the pores. So I thought the only way to do that inexpensively would be to xerox it or scan it. So used my scanner to scan his face in hi-res of almost 600 dpi which provided me with immense detail. I did so many scans that I ended up just putting them together and kind of making my own final image. So the look you have know is not of one scan, but of probably 2 or 3 scans put together."

"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."

"I logged in exactly 210 hours of just stippling, but it took nearly one full year to complete from start to finish."

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Source: theindustry


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