New York-based artist Nathan Manire approaches his Dot Portraits with an abstract, graphic process. He uses large dots and a broad color palette to build his subjects’ faces with watercolors. Up close, viewers see colorful circles, neatly arranged in organized rows. To more fully appreciate Manire’s pointillist techniques, viewers need to squint their eyes or step back from the image in order to see the faces emerge from the large patterns of circular shapes.
Several of Manire’s portraits are based off of the street photography of Peter Zelewski. Manire uses the great details of each photograph as the basis for his magical transformation into basic form and color. The artist’s incredible talents have become quite popular, and have been featured in Wire Magazine and on the Gotye 2012 tour poster.