Weekend Features: Recreating a masterpiece with a single black line

It’s an Art World

Chan Hwee Chong mona lisa
The title of this post may seem a bit far-fetched, but a closer look at Chan Hwee Chong’s illustrations and that is exactly what you see. This Singaporean designer has recreated/reinterpreted classic masterpieces such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, and Vermeer’s “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” using one continuous circular line-stroke of varying degrees of thickness and line-spacing. He described it as an exercise of “precision and control”.

Chong is so meticulous with his pieces that each one usually takes months to complete due to the fact that if a mistake was made during the drawing, he would scrap the whole piece and start over! Using only a piece of paper and a Faber Castell Artist Pen, Chong’s art is proof that creation is a human element, regardless of what mediums or materials are available for use.

Chan Hwee Chong girl with a pearl earring
Chan Hwee Chong girl with a pearl earring 2
Chan Hwee Chong van gogh
Chan Hwee Chong van gogh 2

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