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NAILardo da Vinci! Chinese artist uses thousands of nails to draw stunning portraits04:30

NAILardo da Vinci! Chinese artist uses thousands of nails to draw stunning portraits

China, Shaxi
October 20, 2020 at 19:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

No paint, nor brushes. Chen Shaojun, a 34-year-old Chinese art teacher went viral for using thousands of steel nails to create meticulous portraits and drawings.

Chen makes his artworks by shooting nails onto the canvas with a nail gun, as seen at his atelier in Shaxi, Guangdong Province, on Sunday.

"The biggest difference between steel nail art and other art forms is the materials," Chen said. "You are not painting with paint brush and pigment. The most challenging thing is to be skilled in these tools."

Originally an oil painter, Chen completed his first nail portrait in 2018 using just a hammer. He then started to use a nail gun to speed up the process.

"It could take me 10 to 20 days to finish a piece," the artist said.

Nail by nail, Chen has created a series of portraits of iconic figures, including LeBron James, Chairman Mao and a version of Mona Lisa, which features 50,000 nails.

The largest artwork in the workshop, the image of an elephant, took Chen Shaojun eight days and more than 70,000 steel nails to complete.

The artist intends to continue to master the craft and hold an exhibition in the near future.

NAILardo da Vinci! Chinese artist uses thousands of nails to draw stunning portraits04:30
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No paint, nor brushes. Chen Shaojun, a 34-year-old Chinese art teacher went viral for using thousands of steel nails to create meticulous portraits and drawings.

Chen makes his artworks by shooting nails onto the canvas with a nail gun, as seen at his atelier in Shaxi, Guangdong Province, on Sunday.

"The biggest difference between steel nail art and other art forms is the materials," Chen said. "You are not painting with paint brush and pigment. The most challenging thing is to be skilled in these tools."

Originally an oil painter, Chen completed his first nail portrait in 2018 using just a hammer. He then started to use a nail gun to speed up the process.

"It could take me 10 to 20 days to finish a piece," the artist said.

Nail by nail, Chen has created a series of portraits of iconic figures, including LeBron James, Chairman Mao and a version of Mona Lisa, which features 50,000 nails.

The largest artwork in the workshop, the image of an elephant, took Chen Shaojun eight days and more than 70,000 steel nails to complete.

The artist intends to continue to master the craft and hold an exhibition in the near future.

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