3D Portraits made from Phone Books

3D Portraits made from Phone Books

Alex Queral creates amazing three-dimensional portraits by carving faces of famous people into recycled phone books.

Using a very sharp knife, the artist carefully peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Pee-Wee Herman

Pee-Wee Herman

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

David Carradine

David Carradine

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

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  1. GustaveCo

    How extraordinary!

  2. Pluto Nash

    Yo boy daz illll. Ringo star iz my boy.

  3. gunneos

    wow! how….?

  4. hewtab


  5. may

    Awesome….I want one….masterpiece

  6. Truthiness

    Michael Moore? Really?

  7. vikramkumar sharma

    speechless ._.

  8. non

    This is incredible. Anyone noticed, that the “base-page” is always related to the person?

  9. Cory

    Love how David carradines “base-page” was Big-Bil

  10. gunneos

    i still cant figure how he did it, so if someone’s nice enough to explain, please do. it’s amazing.

  11. Karin L.


  12. Torjan

    Make mine, it will be more awesome than the ones above…

    Really and you Can even store soldiers.

  13. Madison S.


  14. Todd T.

    How is that done?! I am blown away… amazing!

  15. rania

    perfect hhhhhhhhhh
    i like it

  16. Lola

    Regarding how the artist made those works:

    “With the book, a very sharp X-ACTO┬« knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Once the carving is complete, he will often apply a black wash to enhance the features and then seal the entire book with acrylic to preserve the work. However, he never loses the line registration; and the book remains quite pliable.”

    That’s from the artist’s profile page at Projects Gallery’s website, which Toxel links to. :)

  17. someone

    wow amazing stuff

  18. Alex Queral

    Thanks for all your kind comments. I just want to point out that the piece entitled “David Carradine” is actually of country music songwriter Billy Joe Shaver but is entitled “Superman Retired” because his face reminded me of George Reeves who played Superman in the 50’s (no relation to later Superman Christopher Reeves)kind of like if Superman grew old, retired, and let his hair grow long.
    I have no idea how it acquired D.Carradine’s name in this blog, or whatever this is.

  19. Raads

    erm…. well… oh! it seems i am speechless! XD

  20. Art of Concept

    Really impressive! Very nice, unique work!

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