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"You Break My Heart Into A Thousand Pieces And You Say It's Because I Deserve Better"

Alright, a new record. 27.500 handcut squares ([link]), done in 11 days (+1 for painting). Pretty pleased with the result. Had some challenges here and there though.

First time using paper in over 1,5 years. Though it's easier to cut, I'm moving back to acetate right away. It's much sturdier, can handle a punch and does NOT (and this is the main thing) require spray adhesive. On the other hand, it does completely fuck up your hands and it eats knives. Oh well.

That said, I'm thinking of moving it to the streets, start doing laaaarge halftones. Not sure if it's possible, but it could be cool. Be sure to check out the coloured version as well: [link]!

Enjoy!
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Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello. I was wondering about the making of halftones. Do you use a picture that you trace to base your handcut squares and have the right real life looking tones ? I was thinking about this technique that I would love to experiment and I thought : how is it possible only by hand to render stencils like yours ? And regarding the cutting itself, how do you manage the size of each at the wanted size considering the precision needed ? Only with a sharp cutter or using dedicated tools, like dedicated punches (I found the translation on google translation) I don't know the right word to use, but in my mind it would look like this : www.leevalley.com/fr/wood/page…

I was thinking of trying making a halftone using Photoshop and a photography that I would trace with dots/squares of different sizes (I started once in 2012 when I discovered your work but never continued), and then a projection of the image on a surface that I would cut if it was paper, or drill if it was tougher. But I've no idea if it would work. I know I should try and stop wondering, but as I don't have a video projector yet I'm wondering if it is the good way.

Thanks for your time and answer in advance and thanks for sharing these.
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Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Another question :=> Didn't you used any reference ? I'm currently trying this technique but I have not much drawing skills and it seems very hard to make anything like this in "free hand" mode.

Wainting for your answer :)
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Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So basically this is one layer made of "pixels" of different size that blocks a different amout of paint to simulate a figure ?

I love this. I think I'm gonna give a try with this technique :)
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SoleOne Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
100% correct :)
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Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok thanks for confirmation :)
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ScrageArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Halftones are obviously best appreciated from a distance but i love looking close up at this one so you can see what actually went in to makining it. What size canvas is it on? I have started my first one on card but i usually work with acetate and i have some nice thick stuff on order so im already planning my next one on that:)

Did you manage to get out on to the streets with a halftone, if so how big did you go?
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SoleOne Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use acetate as well. Not the most pleasant material to cut, but by far the best material to cut halftones from. I didn't put it on canvas, I ordered some 400mgs paper to allow me to experiment a bit with colour without wasting loads of money. If I recall correctly, it was about 70x90cm, without the black borders.

And no, I never put it on the streets. I'm kind of on a stencil hiatus for now due to circumstances. But I'll be back and who knows, maybe I'll put it out there.
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biralize Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i tought it was an paint.
that's wicked man, lots of squares. my only halftone took me 6 months!

Congrats
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selfhaircuts01 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Epic.

I like long titles so don't be too shocked by what I suggest!!!

Because Some Moments Cannot Be Forgotten _

Or

You Break My Heart Into A Thousand Pieces And You Say Its Because I Deserve Better_
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SoleOne Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooo, I like that second one!
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selfhaircuts01 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
I like the second one too, has meaning :)
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beefteriyaki Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Good god, man...that's incredible!
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SoleOne Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks :D
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Dullface Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been trying with bitmaps in photoshop, but they don't seem to come out that well. Not something you can cut without the whole thing falling apart. Yours is such a nice mesh of black and white, my black mesh seperates and creates islands. How do I do this. :(
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SoleOne Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That'd spoil the fun, now, wouldn't it? ;)

I've got a few tricks that work really well for me personally and discovering them are fun. I wouldn't want to take that journey away from you :p
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Dullface Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw man. :(

I've been trying to work with the halftonefilter and the bitmap mode. They both come out much too gritty. I bet you're using illustrator.
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Dullface Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm curious to know how you did the halftone pattern. I would really like to do a stencil like this myself. :)
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surgeonprincess Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
"Block Out the Sun"

Sick work.
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SoleOne Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that.

Thanks!
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