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Silicon Valley software engineer Ari Krupnik makes what he calls “pixel mosaics” as a hobby. Besides dice, he’s also used bullet casings and M&Ms. You may have seen Ari in this full-page ShopBot ad in MAKE 14. His rendering of Che Guevara, above, uses 400 black dice. He’s also done one of George Orwell. (“Maybe one day my prose can be as fluid as his,” says Ari–hear, hear!) This page includes another dice example and some good detail on Ari’s process.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Everlasting Phelps

    Does he do portraits of anyone other than socialists?

  • Bob A.

    Che is great! I look forward to his renderings of Castro, Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot. Collect ’em all!

    • http://david.rysdam.org/blog/

      Seriously, Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot?

      • irright

        Only a few hundred. Piker!

  • Sean Michael Ragan

    Personally, I find his process considerably more interesting than his choice of subject.

  • Math Campbell

    yep, the process is pretty nifty indeed. I’d imagine if you really went to town, you could probably even colour the dots and have a colour version, if you wanted.

    Shame about the portrait, but then it *is* an iconic picture, love it or hate it.

  • chehater

    Why is Make so facinated by Che?
    We all know how much of a fooking douche bag this guy was so why does Make keep puting his images up in their blog?

    Of all the things this Ari guy did why choose that one?
    Hell the Uma one ( http://www.lib.aero/~ari/mosaics/thurman.jpg ) is better and done more recently.
    WTF Make?

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