Armed with a microscope, some carving tools, and a pencil, an Egyptian artist carves pharaonic statues into tiny tips of pencils.
Ibrahim Bilal was inspired by a Taiwanese artist who creates similar work. The 28-year-old decided to use this medium to highlight Egyptian history in a unique way.
“Art must be based on an idea, so I have to discuss a specific idea or send a specific message through my work,” he says. “I thought Egyptian heritage is the best thing to preserve through this kind of sculpting. When I started posting my pharaonic works, the reaction was unbelievable.”
The artist, who trained to be a lawyer, markets his work on social media. He runs an educational channel on YouTube where he showcases his techniques.
Bilal is planning to organize an exhibition soon where he can sell his 22 works of art.