Every grade schooler knows the magic and endless possibilities that a box of crayons provides, but that fun doesn't always carry over into adulthood. Artist Christian Faur still uses crayons in his work, but instead of using them to draw on a canvas, Faur has found a way to make portrait sculptures with the crayons as the pixelated building blocks.

"My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons," Faur writes on his website. "Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain. Through a novel technique that I have developed, I again find myself working with the familiar form of the crayon." Faur constructs his images from the bottom up with close attention paid to the placement of each color. The artist hand casts his own wax crayons and keeps them separated by color in bins. He uses more than 100,000 of them in a single series, with some individual works measuring 21 inches by 21 inches.

On his Instagram page, Faur shares behind-the-scenes images of his process, which often involves staging and photographing a still life before pixelating it with a computer. Check out some of Faur's work below, and head to his site to see more impressive close-ups and full shots.

8000 handcast crayon pixels ready for assembly. #christianfaur #crayon

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