Kyle Bean's Pencil Shaving Portraits

Pencil is one of art’s most universal mediums — from elementary school kids to painters sketching out a masterpiece, almost everyone uses them. But we’re not sure any artist has used it quite the same way UK designer Kyle Bean does in this series of portraits made from colored-pencil shavings, for the contributor page of Wallpaper* Handmade 2011. Check out more of Bean’s fascinating and diverse work, which ranges from a chicken made out of eggshells to a cover for Donna Tartt’s The Secret Historyhere.

[Designboom via BLDGWLF]