Salavat Fidai — Carves Miniature Artworks Into The Points Of Graphite Pencils
If you ever think that the graphite pencil is generally used as a writing tool, then Salavat Fidai does not agree with you. This Russian artist has opened different perspectives in miniature sculpture, bringing the pencil a whole new significance and style.
Fidai, who lives and works from Ufa, Russia is also a painter and illustrator and specializes not only in miniature but larger-scale drawings as well. Owing to the brittle nature of graphite, the procedure is difficult, and it is normal for miniature sculptures to break after spending several hours on a single object.
Fidai spends between six and twelve hours on average producing a figurine, while complex models take approximately two to three days to create. He uses a metal knife and a stereo microscope to create small pieces. He preferred jumbo pencils with a graphite diameter of 5 mm for the first time. Now, he mainly uses lead in the range of 0.5 to 2 mm in diameter.