An ingenious artist has harnessed the power of the sun to burn inspirational images on to panels of wood using a giant magnifying glass.
In a video shared on his Facebook page, Michael Papadikis – also known as Sunscribes – demonstrates what he calls ‘heliography’, which literally means ‘writing with the sun’.
He creates a series of beautiful images, including two hugging children, a cat standing on a tortoise and a smiling war veteran.
Ingenious artist Michael Papadikis has harnessed the power of the sun to to burn inspirational images on to panels of wood using a giant magnifying glass. In the above image, Mr Papadikis adds magnificent detail to the skin of the cat and tortoise by using a series of magnifying glasses
Mr Papadikis, from Los Angeles, California, starts off by creating an image of the sun, with tiny flames leaping off the wood as he traces its outline with the magnifying glass.
He then contrasts the image by blackening its background to create a beautiful radiant sun.
The artist then copies a photograph of a smiling brother and sister who are clutching each other, and his wooden version is just as realistic.
Smoke peels off another panel of wood in the video as Mr Papadikis intensely focuses the sun’s rays to depict a couple walking down a road.
The next image, which appears to show a cat standing on a tortoise, is magnificently detailed.
Mr Papadikis uses a series of magnifying glasses to add amazing detail to the skin and features of both animals.
Michael Papadikis discarded traditional paint brushes and pencils and picked up a magnifying glass after traveling the world and being amazed how close the sun felt in places such as the Pamir Plateau, in central Asia
This image depicts the Statue of Liberty and the Capitol Building in the US, and has been created with just a panel of wood and the power of the sun
His final image, which depicts a smiling war veteran wearing a beret and smart clothes, further demonstrates the artist’s amazing talent.
Mr Papadikis discarded traditional paint brushes and pencils and picked up a magnifying glass after traveling the world and being amazed how close the sun felt in places such as the Pamir Plateau, in central Asia.
He has since moved on to melting images in to solid stone.