Line By Line: The Most Exacting Artworks

As you can see above, Jake Weidmann’s artwork demands precision and care. That’s true of any artist dedicated to their craft, but some like Weidmann take it further than others. Like these five, for example…

Stan Munro’s Toothpick Cities

Stan Munro builds giant models out of wood… more specifically, toothpicks. He specializes in constructing large-scale models of landmarks, but he also does whimsical pop culture designs such as the Millennium Falcon. Don’t doubt his commitment, though: His toothpick cities (yes, he’s built more than one) take literally years to construct.

Maria Aristidou’s Coffee Art

Every artist has had that painful moment when they’ve spilled coffee on something they’ve done. Maria Aristidou, though, turned it into her own personal medium. It sound gimmicky, but precision, it turns out, is key; if she uses too much coffee on a shading, it’s completely ruined, and the monochrome nature means it can’t be hidden.

David Mach’s Coat Hanger Sculptures

Mach has built his artistic career around recycling: He finds the stuff people don’t want and turns it into art. Painstaking art he has to create by laying it down, layer by layer, until the whole piece is finished. If that sounds insane, keep in mind that this is the same guy who painstakingly builds busts out of match heads, right down to designing complex and detailed “skulls” and importing matches from Japan… and then, when the exhibition is done, ignites them.

Buff Diss’ Murals

Buff Diss is an Australian graffiti artist who faces the problem all public artists have to deal with: Sometimes, their work is illegal. His response fulfills the letter of the law while thumbing his nose at it. His mural are carefully, painstakingly designed with tape. If there’s an objection, he can just peel it off, even though it takes hours of work and even more planning to create one piece. Hey, at least he can’t get arrested.

Andre Woolery’s Pushpin Portraits

You likely haven’t looked at thumbtacks and thought “Huh, I bet I could make a portrait out of these.” Andre Woolery, though, did, and the results are stunning. Woolery uses thousands upon thousands of pins as a type of dot matrix, creating elaborate pushpin portraits and murals. Not bad for something we generally use to hold up to-do lists.