Russian artist Salavat Fidai carves pencil lead sculptures using just the tip of a pencil. Using a delicate knife he creates popular figures, characters and objects. It takes a huge amount of patience to carve a single pencil, many are unsuccessful due to broken lead, some take several attempts.
Fidai was a lawyer until he was laid off last year, since then he has devoted himself to art. Using his miniature art and regular-size paintings he has been able to provide for himself and his family. You can see more of his work here at his very own website.
Pencil Lead Sculptures By Salavat Fidai