Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

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Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

What looks like an image of a beagle getting a bath (above) is actually a 4’ by 1 ½’ high definition photograph covered in 221,184 nonpareil sprinkles, each placed painstakingly by hand. At a distance of 16 feet, the sprinkles blur, tricking the human eye into believing that it is looking at a large photograph.

Student Joel Brochu used the technique called “pointillism” to make this pixelated beagle portrait using sprinkles. Pointillism is a technique wherein small dots of pure color are repeatedly applied to a canvas until it forms an image. After creating a successful artwork of making furniture using 22 different shades of paint, he wanted to to “wow” people and one day he noticed nonpareils at a local bakery, which are tiny balls (1 / 16 of an inch wide) made from compressed sugar and used for decorating cakes and cookies.

They became the medium of his choice and he started searching for a photograph until he found Shingo Uchiyama’s photo of a beagle on 1x.com (shown immediately below). After he asked for permission to reproduce it, he set out to find a way to remake it using these sprinkles.

Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

From start to finish, this bathing beagle took a total of 8 months to create. It was such a long process that Brochu almost gave up. “Halfway through, I was ready to abandon the project entirely. Looking at what remained to be done was daunting, but, at the same time I was dying to see the finished piece. I couldn’t stop. I had to finish it. I wouldn’t let myself give up no matter how much I wanted to.”

Meticulously placed by hand using jewelry tweezers, the sprinkles adhere to the board with the help of double sided tape and a thin layer of glue. Using only 6 colors of sprinkles (Red, Orange, Green, Blue, Black, and White), a myriad of hues was created.

Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

Beagle Portrait Made From 221,184 Sprinkles

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