He Collects Leaves - Then Transforms Them In Ways That Leave Me Completely Speechless
Cailyn Finkel 2/8/2016
There is beauty all over the world if you look close enough - from the cool spring breeze to the leaves falling from the sky. But this artist took those gorgeous leaves and made them even better!
An Artist's Tools
With an Exacto-knife and a steady hand, the Manchester-based artist, Omid Asadi, carves amazingly detailed images into the fragile fallen leaves.
His skill knows no bounds and what he's able to patiently create is truly breathtaking, as seen on his professional website!
One particular skill of Omid's is the ability to recreate other items found in nature. This perfect rose is a prime example of this!
Omid's eye for nature also extends to living creatures. It feels like this owl is about to fly right off of the leaf!
He uses the Exacto-knife to create negative space in the leaf.
Sometimes Omid cuts out entire sections, like you see on the left side of this leaf, or he uses the knife to remove a thin layer. The leaf's intact veins give this design the illusion of a scarecrow in the background!
Whatever Comes To Him
Omid likes to experiment with facial profiles as well - just like this one! He doesn't need to use the entire leaf to make a powerful image.
This incredibly talented artist also uses the leaves to convey human emotion and our everyday mental struggles. Art is subjective, so this leaf could mean anger to one person and excitement to another!
It's all about how you perceive the design.
Soothing Release For A Busy Mind
It's easy to tell when Omid had a lot on his mind. His artwork comes out much more intricate and exciting!
A Little Rock N' Roll
Omid doesn't shy away from well-known musicians and stars. Check out this detailed image of Jimi Hendrix!
Making Leonardo da Vinci Proud
Omid even took a shot at making Mona Lisa, one of the most iconic pieces of artwork known to man. The best part is that it came out perfectly!
His Mind's Eye
Sometimes Omid uses the leaves to show images of his home in Iran. He started his unique form of art there when he was a child, using a needle to make his most primitive designs.
Omid took a break from leaf art through most of his adult life, and has just recently started revisiting his childhood hobby. Since starting up again, he has fine-tuned his skill and he knows that one tiny slip of the hand means the whole image is ruined.
Taking His Time
Not to worry, though. Omid has a way of ensuring the best possible product. Instead of rushing through each design, he takes his time.
Normally, he finishes a leaf almost two months after he starts!
A Life Of Love
After moving to England and marrying the love of his life, who is also an artist, Omid says he's inspired by his encouraging wife and the big leaves he passes in the park everyday.
Inspired By Life
Omid's goal is very simple, he just wants to give the fallen leaves a chance to be reborn. In his mind, they're far from dead, they're just getting started.
"I wanted to give the leaves another life and make art from them."
He's done that and more with these incredible pieces of art!