Crayons don’t have to be just for coloring. In the case of Hoang Tran, they are the perfect material for tiny sculptures. Using large-size Crayola crayons, the artist delicately hand-carves them into pop-culture icons. Hello Kitty, Han Solo, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are just some of the incredibly detailed figures that he’s able to produce.
As if these creations weren’t impressive enough, they are made even more so with the addition of color. Tran melts wax from other colors of crayons and applies it as an accent to the main figure. This small detail makes the work pop and the portrait instantly recognizable.
Tran’s handiwork is available for purchase through his Etsy shop. He doesn’t just carve fictional characters, though. If you’re looking for a custom-produced pet portrait made from a small stick of wax, then you’ve found your guy. Both pop culture characters and commissioned works are available to view on his Tumblr titled Wax Nostalgic.