This Artist Recreates A Famous Portrait Without Ever Lifting His Pen.

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Paying tribute to fine art is difficult. Unless you bring something new to the process you’re simply recreating someone else’s work. There’s nothing inherently impressive about copying. That’s what makes this spiral portrait by artist Chan Hwee Chong so enthralling.

Starting with a tiny spin of ink Chong builds a perfect recreation of Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece, "Girl with a Pearl Earring," by varying the thickness of one continuous line. Vermeer’s work has been mystifying art lovers for hundreds of years thanks to its delicate balance of lifelike colors and enfolding darkness.

With just a single brush pen Chong recreates the classic shadows and light sourcing of Vermeer’s oil based creation, honoring what came before while putting his own spin on the classic.