At his home in Taiwan’s Yunlin County, miniature artist Lee Chien-chu peers through a magnifying glass to take a closer look at one of his latest works of art – the alphabet carved from the lead of a mechanical pencil. Lee creates miniature sculptures out of various types of pencil lead, all smaller than 0.5 centimeters in diameter. The material he uses – graphite, mechanical and colored pencils – is cheap and easy to buy. Born in 1973, Lee took to pencil lead art just six years ago, and gets his ideas from a variety of subject matter, including Chinese culture, famous landmarks, and religion.
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