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September 14, 2011

A Drawn Prayer

This is not to be missed: A full scale carpet drawn completely by hand using a simple black Bic pen.

Over the course of 15 months, Jonathan Bréchignac painstakingly detailed inch by inch of this prayer carpet. He explored different patterns and drew inspiration from all types of art (French roman, traditional Japanese, native American, Mexican) and also military camouflage and animal patterns, to create an almost seamless mix of different civilizations and religions.

Johan Jeanson explains, "Despite working on it for hundreds of hours Jonathan has still only been able to use up one pen and is now working on emptying a second one."

We admire your endurance Jonathan, and wish you the power to keep pushing the series forward. Amazing.


ellie kneeland
ellie kneeland Posted Sep 14, 2011

Margo Posted Sep 14, 2011
fantastic and painful in the same time :P Great job

Jennie Batchelor
Jennie Batchelor Posted Sep 14, 2011
This is so, so amazingly beautiful that I can't even put it into words. Bravo!

Boris Melgarejo
Boris Melgarejo Posted Sep 14, 2011
that's cool! :D

Melanie Furtado
Melanie Furtado Posted Sep 14, 2011
Wow that is gorgeous! But, but ... doesnt ballpoint pen fade fairly quickly? I hope not! That piece deserves to be around for a long time

Sretan Bor
Sretan Bor Posted Sep 16, 2011
love it love it :)

Birdman Posted Sep 16, 2011
So sick! Very detail work, then you look at it from afar and its just bangin. Keep it up

Kristie Posted Sep 19, 2011
That is insane! a good way.

C M Carter
C M Carter Posted Sep 20, 2011

andre gribble
andre gribble Posted Sep 23, 2011

leona Posted Sep 25, 2011
i love all kinds of this type hand draw.

merih Posted Sep 26, 2011

hangchul lee
hangchul lee Posted Apr 13, 2012

mutto Posted Jun 15, 2012
Superb stuff!

YK Posted Jul 12, 2012
*Hands down* Whoooaaa!!!

Joanna Whitney
Joanna Whitney Posted Aug 7, 2012
... ah a prayer carpet ... so does this mean that you were in a state of prayer while working on this carpet? I like the Bic - haven't tried the yellow ones - always look for ballpoints that will give a variety of line - this one seems to do it - I might try a prayer carpet myself...


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