Artist Faye Halliday is known for her incredibly detailed art. But such detailed art requires serious time to complete. According to Halliday's Facebook page, this elephant mural took a stunning 52 hours to complete.
2. Incredible Work On An Incredible Scale
While a glance at a photo of Halliday's completed work shows the detail that she puts into her pieces, that's not all that's impressive about her art. When you step back, you realize that Halliday creates pieces that are larger than life.
3. A More Manageable Size
While Halliday creates impressive, huge murals, she also scales things back, too. The artist completes plenty of smaller pieces on a more manageable size.
4. The Process Behind The Art
Halliday carefully documents the process of creating her artwork. She posts videos which give her social media followers a look at her creative process and the time that goes into the spectacular pieces.
5. The Power Of Detail And Shadowing
Halliday clearly understands just how to add detail and shadowing to bring texture and a realistic touch to her work. This brief video shows just how she begins with large, broad shapes and brings them to life with the detail that she adds.
Halliday's website, Haathi, derives its name from the very inspiration for her art. Halliday writes that Haathi means "elephant," and that her art is inspired by the Elephant Festival of Jaipur, Rajasthan. During the annual festival, people decorate elephants in headdresses and paint intricate patterns on them, much as Halliday does with her art.
7. A Clear Emotional Connection
It's easy to see Halliday's strong emotional connection to the subjects of her art. Halliday wrote, "In these animals I began to recognise [sic] qualities that represented different parts of our inner selves. However, more importantly, the recognition of these qualities encouraged me to learn and to grow as a person. These creations became lessons intertwined with ornate beauty."
8. A Different Interpretation Of Beauty
On her website, Halliday stated that she tries to interpret beauty in her own way. "So this is what you are seeing here; my vision of 'beauty.' A small part of me, my soul and my interpretation of the world and this 'idea' translated onto a piece of paper."
9. Gaining Inspiration From Travel
Halliday is lucky enough to be widely traveled, and she often draws inspiration from her travels. Halliday referenced her travels in this dolphin's caption on Instagram: This choice of animal was inspired by my recent trip to the Caribbean coast in Mexico - the biggest downside to this otherwise beautiful trip was seeing the insane extent of dolphin captivity. Those highly intelligent, emotional creatures are kept in the same shallow containers, bred for captivity and forced to endlessly perform their entire lives, all so we can get our token photo to bring back home."
10. Bringing Art Home
Want to have some of Halliday's art for your very own? Be sure to visit her website. She offers prints, cell phone covers, and even tattoos created from her amazing designs.