Check out these awesome musician portraits by Daniel Edlen of Phoenix, Arizona, that were painted on to vinyl records using only white dots.
Each delightfully detailed masterpiece is created using only white acrylic paint, which Edlen applies to the vinyl in a pointillism style, dotting to create texture and depth. It is a long and delicate process and often each piece can take approximately a month to complete.
In an interview with Modern Metropolis, Edlen explains why he uses this particular style to create his portraits, he said: “it’s challenging painting on raw records because the paint streaks if I stroke it. Dabbing is the only way it works, but consistency is hard because I don’t use any black and I can’t remove paint easily once it’s dried.”
He said the came up with the idea of using this interesting technique after learning how to do rapidograph dot drawings and his subjects are famous musicians “to celebrate the object and the subject” and “to pay tribute to the cultural contribution of the music.”
He also said that he enjoys the conversations that his intriguing pieces create, with people often asking him all sorts of questions, like if the records are real, if his work is digitally enhanced in any way, or if the records are still playable.
Personally I think Edlen’s works are amazing, his technique is innovative and intriguing and his final product is aesthetically pleasing.