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Hero, 3.2 Million Dots.

December 10, 2011

The making of “Hero,” a drawing of my dad composed entirely out of 3.2 million ink dots.

Music by Bonobo – Nocturne
Created, Filmed, Produced and Edited by Miguel Endara
miguelendara.com

Update:
I am so overwhelmed! I can’t begin to thank you enough for the wonderful comments you all have given me in the past 4 days. I truly did not anticipate such a tremendous volume of traffic, but I am pleased to see that there is a new and rapidly growing interest in the art technique known as stippling. There are many other stippling artists out there who deserve just as much recognition as I do, if not more, so please please continue to investigate this unique form of pen and ink art.

FAQ:
How did you count all the dots?
The number of dots is an approximation, not an exact number.  But it’s a very very close approximation.  I filmed myself in just about every section of my drawing and got an average of 4.25 dots per second.  That translated into 3,213,000 dots if you multiplied that by 210 hours, which is what I logged in for the entire drawing.  Because I know it can’t be exactly accurate, and because I think I might be off just a few thousand dots or so, I rounded it off to an even 3.2 million.

How long did this take?
I logged in exactly 210 hours of just stippling, but it took nearly one full year to complete from start to finish.

How many pens did you use?
Just one! I had many pens as backup, but I never had to use any of them. Go Sakura!

So, is this a Sakura Pigma Micron advertisement?
Absolutely not. They were not a part of the production of this video in any way.

What camera and software did you use?
All shots were done using the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (18-55 mm standard lens), and edited/rendered in After Effects CS4.

What equipment did you use for those panning shots and time-lapses?
I built all of my camera sliders and tracks using pvc pipes and rubber wheels that can be found in any local home improvement store. If you’d like to see how I built them, send me a message and I can send over some pictures of what they look like.

Is this piece for sale?
The original for “Hero” is currently not for sale, but the limited edition prints will be very soon. You can find out more information on this link: miguelendara.com/prints

Do you have more artwork?
Yes. But not too many. Because stippling is an extremely time-expensive process, I do not have a large collection of art pieces. More can be seen on my site at miguelendara.com.

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