Things are not what they appear when it comes to Randall Rosenthal’s awesome art works. Below is an image that looks like a box full of money.
But wait, you’ve to look closer. It’s actually a block of wood that the artist painstakingly carved and painted with awesome details.
See for yourself.
He started with these 3 pieces of white pine glued together as a base.
He’s now ready to begin carving the block.
We can now see the flaps of the box and the stacks inside.
“I see it in my mind and rather than try and make a few big cuts I make a lot of little cuts… However, I do it fast,” Randall said.
“One thing I do is make everything slightly larger than I really think it should be.”
Later I will trim back and it will give it a look of complexity. It’s more about tenacity than anything else.
The stacks fall out randomly the way they do and there is no short cut to an honest rendition of them.”
Now it’s time to paint.
The intricate details are incredible!
“It’s hard to believe but the single greatest challenge for me is getting the cardboard right,” Randall said.
“It’s not like you can buy a tube of cardboard paint. What I do now is put on light washes of color and kind of sneak up on it till I’m happy.”
“No one would believe how many thin coats of paint this takes.”
He finished all of the stacks of bills.
The amazing Box of Money was such a hit, he’s being commissioned to make a second one.
Here’s some of Randall’s other beautiful works.
Notepad with a sketch
A wooden box with a piece of paper
An envelope filled with cash
Maps and travel documents
Notebooks with baseball cards
A box of baseball cards
A cutting board and a recipe book