About The Tribute
David Ilan is a celebrity artist who uses only hand-drawn dots to create his portraits, a technique called pointillism. He has worked with some of the biggest celebrities in the world for over a decade.
About The Artist
David's celebrity drawing career started over 10 years ago when Jerry Seinfeld saw some of his drawings. He drew the entire cast of Seinfeld, which was one of the hottest shows on television at the time. For the next decade, David drew strictly celebrities that have posed for him personally. Most of the drawings have been for the celebrities’ private use, but some have been created for other reasons. For example, one was made for an auction benefiting the American Cancer Society.
How it Works
1 Dot = 1 Person
You can be part of a portrait of Michael Jackson. David Ilan is an internationally recognized pointillism artist, which means he draws using only dots. Every single hand-drawn dot David places on his canvas represents a real person. People have joined David's projects from more than 180 countries. Every Michael Jackson fan is able to get a free hand-drawn dot added to the portrait in their name. Millions of fans will be needed to complete the drawing, so it’s important to spread the word!
David has explained his work of art like this:
All dots are created equal and all people are created equal. The dots are all the same size and each one is vital to the finished portrait. Each dot individually tells a story of one person, but when the dots work together, that is when the drawing is formed and a purpose is achieved. In essence, people are working together to create a drawing. Participants feel like they are part of a group - they are doing something important by joining; they are part of something bigger than them standing alone. It gives people a certain kind of strength knowing that they are important and necessary in the drawing. Every dot is in someone's name.
You can see another example of David's 1 Dot = 1 Person projects here: