Artist Konstantin Hlanta Creates Beautiful Art Using Thread And Nails
If you think the uses of thread are only limited to sewing, embroidery, crocheting, knitting, and weaving then think again. Konstantin Hlanta can create intricate portraits by twining colorful pieces of string around nails. His revolutionary thread art features astonishing details that make the pieces look like hyperrealistic paintings at a distance. But a closer inspection reveals the numerous pieces of string entwined around several nails that hold them in place.
Previously worked as a dental assistant, the self-taught artist began making thread art three years ago after a friend told him that he can make pictures out of thread. As a huge fan of American rock band Linkin Park, his first attempt at thread painting was a portrait of the band’s lead vocalist Chester Bennington. He completed his very first string portrait using 1,300 meters of thread, 600 grams of nails, and 116 hours of hard work and patience. Since then, he continued honing his art and has made many portraits of popular celebrities and musicians.
Thread Art That Looks Like Hyperrealistic Portrait
Most of his works were inspired by famous people in music, film, and sports industry. But lately, he’s been trying his hands on depicting still life and animals. He had also debuted some of his original works including Marionette and the Hand and Warmth. Hlanta starts each incredible portrait by sketching the image on a cardboard. After the sketch is completed, he attaches nails following the sketch to create an outline. Then he erases the sketch before he starts the thread work.
“It’s like drawing with pastel or acrylic paint.” Hlanta says. “I add colors to needed areas, and make different shades and shadows by using threads of different colors.”
Follow the thread artist on Instagram to keep up to date with his latest string art projects. The artist is also open for commissions or collaborations so you can directly message him on Instagram for the details.