Pencil This In: Dalton Ghetti’s Awesome Graphite Art

Graphite smudges and writing-induced hand cramps feel increasingly foreign as computers replace pencils in the classroom and workplace, but artist Dalton Ghetti‘s jaw-dropping sculptures prove that pencils are anything but obsolete. The Brazilian-American carpenter has carved his mini graphite pieces for about 25 years, using only a sculpting knife, razor blade, and sewing needle.

What do you guys think of Ghetti’s art? What artists are you loving at the moment?

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26 Responses to Pencil This In: Dalton Ghetti’s Awesome Graphite Art

  1. Hannah (ModCloth) 08/17/2010 at 4:17 pm #

    How is this even possible? It’s just too blindingly amazing. Wow.

  2. Lindsey 08/17/2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Wow! AMAZING!

  3. Hilary 08/17/2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Actually don’t know what to type, but that is incredible. Far too amazing.

  4. Amanda 08/17/2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Oh. Em. Gee.

  5. Monica 08/17/2010 at 5:03 pm #

    His whole gallery is just awesome! I love the interlocking chain ones he did – that’s a very unique talent!

  6. Amelia 08/17/2010 at 5:09 pm #

    What??? This is crazy amazing

  7. Leslie 08/17/2010 at 8:37 pm #

    Genius works of art.

  8. April 08/17/2010 at 9:18 pm #

    i’ve seen his artwork in person! it was in display @ the american visionary museum of art in baltimore few years ago. really cool stuff :)

  9. Christina K. 08/17/2010 at 10:32 pm #

    i’ve actually seen some of these in person because a lot of his art is at the american visionary art museum in baltimore, which is where i go to school. it’s so incredible to actually look at in real life! everyone should check it out if they have a chance!!

  10. stacey mccool 08/18/2010 at 12:23 am #

    this is just so f*cking unbelievable. i can’t stop staring and thinking that it can’t possibly be real.

  11. Martha 08/18/2010 at 1:14 am #

    I love it when art takes something worthless and makes it amazing!

  12. Neisa 08/18/2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Im in luv with the hearts sculpture… Jus AMAZING!!!

  13. Sage 08/18/2010 at 8:00 pm #

    wow. how can he take something so little and make something so elaborate out of it? this is definite skillz right there.

  14. David 08/19/2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Amazing art… This is real talent…

  15. Lizzie 08/19/2010 at 4:49 pm #

    That saw is incredible. I want to see this in person.

  16. Kate 08/19/2010 at 5:38 pm #

    wow. i’m in awe.

  17. Nikki 08/19/2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Wow. Amazing. I am in love with his work!

  18. Quiteinfamous 08/21/2010 at 1:35 am #

    They are so innovative, and ingenious. But I would be concerned if someone needed a pencil… I’m sure that has happened at least once.

  19. laura trevey 08/21/2010 at 9:19 am #

    Wow! I’m impressed!

  20. Carlene 08/21/2010 at 5:41 pm #

    My jaw dropped wide open with this. This is amazing!

  21. Laura 08/23/2010 at 1:06 am #

    ooh!! This came to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore last summer-super cool. He has sculpted all sorts of fabulous things out of the pencils-I totally miss the exhibit! One of my favorites! If anyone is every in Balto-check the museum out!

  22. Shelley 08/23/2010 at 4:05 pm #

    I adore this!

  23. Katie 08/23/2010 at 8:20 pm #


  24. Vivian 08/24/2010 at 3:49 pm #

    This has to be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen.

  25. Mercurious 08/26/2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I used to do this kind of thing, with tiny bits of mahogany left over from a joinery shop. I never thought it was worth anything, kudos or financial wise. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have thrown them all away!
    This is cool though, and brings back some great memories of wasting days stoned!

  26. elena 08/27/2010 at 2:27 am #

    wow. I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said– incredible.

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