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Talk about not wasting that hit! This artist uses his exhaled marijuana smoke to “paint” pictures. Fernando De La Rocque of Rio De Janiero has done numerous portraits of famous world figures, historical photos, and scenes from classic masterpieces using cannabis smoke and stencils. The results? Nothing short of breathtaking.

A sustainable art

“I first started smoking when I was an adolescent because I liked to smoke. I think it is pleasurable and it is a sustainable action. You could say I’m taking advantage of an ‘ink’ that’s just being tossed into the air to make a work of art.”

The beginning

First, he has to choose the portrait he wants to do, and a lot of thought goes into that part of the process. “But I choose images that I think are more visual so that when it comes time to cut the stencil, for example with the image that I’m doing of Mujica, I chose an image that really shows his wrinkles around his eyes and stuff so it really stands out and aesthetically it looks nice.”

Dedication to the process

Once he has painstakingly cut out the stencil, a process that can take hours to do with just a marker, a clear projector screen, and an Exact-o knife, the real work begins. “The darker the color of the picture that I want to do, the more I have to smoke. But I can only do one layer at a time. Otherwise, I end up getting an exaggerated effect (from the marijuana smoke) beyond what is pleasurable.”

I love how he adds that point in there, can you imagine trying to do an entire portrait in just one sitting? Sounds like a smoker’s challenge to me! The end result is a detailed work of art that resembles old woodcarvings or wood burnings, filled with a soft shift in shading that takes several sessions to achieve. I imagine that if he sells his art, the price would be based on the amount of herb he has to smoke to achieve it.

Would you pick up one of these works of art? Would you try this technique yourself? Let us know on social media or in the comments below.

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