What started out as a piece of wildlife art in mosaic tiles, morphed into a new painting technique that self-taught artist Annie Drew calls pixelation painting. The technique took over a year for her to perfect, which when applied resembles a pixelated photograph.
To achieve this unique effect, Annie Drew painted about 70,000 dots in 40 colors with a hardwood stick just a bit bigger than a matchstick. The painting of the giant gorilla, which she entitled 'Silverback,' took about 2 weeks to complete.
After all that work, Annie Drew graciously donated the one meter square painting to raise funds for wildlife charity Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in the UK.