The Art of the Side Project

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” – Jessica Hische

New painting with 3761 cabinet screws.
By Neil Tran

For as long as I can remember I often kept side-projects as a way to express my creativity beyond my 9 to 5 design job. The idea of doodling, sketching on napkins or working on other things while I procrastinate has followed me my entire life. More recently, my side-projects often came in the form of a paint brush and being creative late into the night. The late night thing may have something to do with my daily caffeine intake, and the other reason is that I’m a father of 2, and that spare time to do as you please between 9 pm and 2 am is what I called the golden hours.

This week’s side-project is a new painting of my long time friend John Reese. The piece measures 36 inches by 36 inches and is made up of 3761 screws. Here is the finished piece, and some photos captured along the process.

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3761 cabinet screws.

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Each screw was hand painted.

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With John Reese earlier this year. Chatting about the project.

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My pencil drawing as part of the planning process.

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This process was shared via Instagram.

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Base coat of paint.

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3 coats of primer painted on each screw.

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The screws were drilled into the wood canvas then repositioned by hand.

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Set at different depths to match the contour of John’s face.

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My son helping me with sanding.

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Cabinet screws from Richelieu.

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See other past art projects https://medium.com/@Atomi