These Striking Grayscale Portraits Were Done Using Nothing but Ash

By: David Ingram - Jan 31, 2016
References: instagram & designtaxi
Japanese Artist Shin Shinrashige has found a highly creative outlet for one of his bad habits by utilizing everyday cigarette ash.

This portrait series by Shinrashige was constructed by carefully separating gray and black cigarette ashes right after the artist finished enjoying a smoke. By carefully arranging each different color, he was able to create these hyper-realistic grayscale portraits of figures such as Steve Jobs, Johnny Depp and even Soviet Union Dictator Joseph Stalin.

One can only imagine the painstaking work it took to meticulously separate the ashes by color shade, let alone the time it took to actually arrange them into these stunning pieces of ashtray art. Smoking may be bad for your health, but on the bright side, at least this addiction resulted in one-of-a-kind artwork.