January 20 2016

7 Million Small Dots Make a Stunning Floral Composition

France-based artist Xavier Casalta just completed a stunning floral composition called Autumn. It took him an astounding 370 hours to complete and it contains around 7 million small inked dots. Using the stippling technique, where tiny dots made of a single color are applied with a pen, he created this breathtaking piece that consists of flowers, fruit, and even a pumpkin. You have to look at the close-up, “making of” images to really appreciate all the work that went into making this composition, the attention to detail is astounding.

I caught up with Casalta to ask him a few questions.

How did you decide on which flowers to use?
I collaborated with Swallows and Damsons. She is an amazing florist from Sheffield, England. She has an incredible knowledge about nature and was able to select the elements that represented this season at its finest.

Where did you take inspiration from?
I had a photograph taken by Swallows and Damsons that I was able to use as a basis. It contained the most important elements like the big flowers and the figs, I then worked on different elements to create the entire composition, to get something really homogeneous.

What’s the next season you’ll take on?
I plan to do the winter one now. As it took me a few months to create the first one, I’m guessing that the full four drawings will be completed in one year.

What was your greatest challenge in creating this?
I think the most difficult part was to keep motivated. I watched the same piece every day, for weeks. Sometimes I felt discouraged by the amount of work that still remained.









Xavier Casalta on Behance

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