If you always thought the dot-to-dot was the easiest puzzle in the book, prepare to have your mind blown! The puzzles you’ll encounter in Thomas Pavitte’s extraordinary The 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book will challenge and delight you whatever your age. Just don’t lose your place…
What is it that drives a person dotty? We found out in an interview with the Amazing Thomas Pavitte…
What inspired you to create your first dot to dot artwork?
I can’t remember the exact moment that I had the idea to create a dot to dot artwork, but I’ve always loved the idea of using primitive techniques to create surprisingly complex art. Dot-to-dot drawings are about as primitive as you get and I enjoyed the challenge of creating images that are more artistic compared with the very basic, flat, linear outlined drawings that we often associate with them. They are something that all ages can enjoy. All you need is a pen and about an hour, and you’ll have a unique piece of contemporary art for your wall.
How long does each one take to design?
It is quite a long process to design each drawing and involves a lot of thought. It starts with analysing each image into areas of light and dark and planning where the lines should go. Then there’s the time consuming part of positioning all 1000 dots on the computer. It all adds up…
What’s your favourite in the book?
I’m particularly fond of the Elvis portrait. I have one framed on my wall at home and it always grabs people’s attention when they see it for the first time. It was also one of the hardest portraits for me to create. The first version I made didn’t really capture the iconic features of Elvis, so I decided to scrap that version and start again. Fortunately I made the extra effort, as I’m really proud of the end result.
There are 20 portraits in the book. Is there anyone you wanted to include, but couldn’t?
Yes! I would love to have one of myself in there! I’m not sure if I have had quite the same standard of accomplishments as the other 20, but it would be nice to be immortalised in 1000 dots. Of course I’m just kidding. People with expressive features are always more interesting to draw – how about Clint Eastwood?
What’s the biggest dot to dot piece you’ve ever created?
6239 dots. I had an idea of creating the biggest dot-to-dot drawing that had ever been made. I think it was all about trying to complete a childhood dream of making it into the Guinness Book of World Records. It was of the Mona Lisa and it ended up taking over 9 hours to complete. It’s a long story, and unfortunately it didn’t make it, but after posting a video of it online I got quite a bit of interest from people around the world and it encouraged me to make more. It was quite the challenge creating a piece of that complexity, 1000 dots is much more manageable.
What else do you do when you’re not creating dot to dot art?
I live in Melbourne and work as a Graphic Designer. It’s great having a job that lets me express my creativity, but I also really enjoy my down time. I enjoy the simple things like going for bike rides, playing squash, watching movies and cooking with fresh produce from the market with my girlfriend. But in the back of my mind, I’m always keeping a look out for that next piece of inspiration that will lead to my next big idea.
Not had enough dots?
There are four books in the 1000 Dot-to-Dot series (so far). That should keep you occupied for a while! Don’t miss…