Turkish Artist Recreates Iconic Movie Scenes Using Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tiny Colored Dots
Seen from afar, the works of Turkish artist Çağatay Odabaş look like large-scale printed movie posters, but as viewers approach them to take a closer look, they discover that they are actually made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny hand-drawn circles.
37-year-old Odabaş says that his art is largely influenced by his two most favorite activities growing up in the 80s and 90s – playing with LEGO bricks and watching movies. He starts out by picking out the movie stills he wants to recreate from his collection of thousands of films, which he considers his research library. He then proceeds to split this image into several pieces, mapping out each one with tiny circles, which are all assigned a certain code, to serve during the coloring process. Then, like a complicated but fascinating LEGO model, he puts all the pieces together to create these ultra-realistic masterpieces of pointilism.
“I think this is similar to the LEGO’s I used to play with like crazy as a child. My paintings look like those,” Çağatay Odabaş told Based Istanbul. “When you get a box of Lego, there is a picture of the toy that will come out of it. Putting those pieces together knowing what it will look like in the end is delighting. That is exactly how my pictures are.”
But creating this LEGO-like puzzle and putting it together is no child’s play. Odabaş says that his paintings consist of between 150,000 and 200,000 tiny circles, all of which have to be drawn and colored by hand according to a code system. The whole process is very complex and time-consuming, so he has a whole team of assistants helping him out. But even so, each of his works takes 2 to 3 months to complete. He sometimes works 18 hours a day, and doesn’t leave his art studio for several days at a time.
“We literally work like a film production company,: the artist says. “The way they create a movie at a production firm; the scenario, the casting, the preparation of the sets, the costumes, the lights, the logistics, et. etc. Just like that, everyone in the crew at my atelier have their own responsibilities and duties.”