Believe it or not, but these amazing portraits are made entirely out of the common construction screw. California-based artist, Andrew Myers, has been using screws to create these details works of art. Myers achieves an incredible 3D quality to his work by driving screws at varying depths into plywood and then paints over them. To begin creating a portrait, Myers places pages of a phone book over top of a plywood panel. He then draws out the face of the subject matter and proceeds to drill 8,000-10,000 screws in order to make up the work of art.
“For me, I consider this a traditional sculpture and all my screws are at different depths,” Mayers says. “There’s nothing planned out. I draw out a figure on the board and figure out the depths as I go along. The real challenge comes when the sculpture is done and I have to get rid of the flat drawing. It’s hard because of the screws — you can’t get a brush behind them. I did figure out a way to do it, but I’m keeping it a secret.”
Some things are better left as secrets, we agree. In any case, these works of art are awesome.