This Small Town Miniature Artist from Gujranwala Has Officially Broken A World Record

By Maryam Mudasar | 22 Jul, 2019

Meet Ahsan Qayyum, a Lahore based Miniature Sculptor who recently broke an International Sculpting Record.

His lead chain consists of 75 links and recently broke the record for being the longest miniature lead sculpture.

“I used to give it 3 to 4 hours every night after coming back from office at 10 p.m. Every chain link took about 1.5 hour to get carved. This attempt have 75 links. So, it’s approximately 120 hours work,” he shares, while speaking to MangoBaaz

Whoa, Now that’s some serious dedication!

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Originally from Gujranwala, Ahsan’s story is truly an inspiration for all.

He lost his parents while he was studying and had to support himself since a very early age which is why he moved to Lahore to work in a shoe factory for just 8000 rupees per month. There’s no looking back for him now as he has built himself up to be a Professional Graphic designer AND a Miniature Artist!

This is proof how a little bit of passion and a whole lotta hard work can literally get you anywhere in life.

“Life turned rough and I grew rougher…”

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. So, this time I tried to carve a chain within the pencil 🌟 . This is the third time I made it. 2 days ago, I spent 8 hours to carve it but it ended with broken lead. I started making it again and second time it broke up again. Now, it was the third time I was succeeded xD. . PS: there is no joint in it. It is totally carved from the center of pencil. . #sculpture #art #pencil #natgeowild #dawn_dot_com #vscopk #pinterest #instagram #flashh_pakistan #ig_pakistan #islamicrepublicofpakistan #leadpencil #lensmark #gettyimages #divamagazinepakistan #gtmagazine #miniature #travel #storiesofpakistan #artsculpture #dailpakistan #carving #peopleofpakistan #creative #etribune #locallylahore #peopleofindia #beautifulpakistan #igerspakistan #humansofpakistan

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“I am, by birth an artist. I have been pursuing wooden carvings, sculpting, sketching and other artwork since childhood.”

Ahsan shares that he started sculpting on lead by using a regular pencil with a chart paper-cutting blade and how this has become a very important part of his life.

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. Mission accomplished of making all the alphabets on lead of pencil!! ✌ . I do 12 hours job and come back home at 11p.m. Still I managed to give this sculpture 3 to 4 hours everyday. And completed it in 2 weeks by subtracting few hours from my sleep xD . (swipe left to see its process) . #sculpture #art #pencil #natgeowild #dawn_dot_com #vscopk #pinterest #instagram #flashh_pakistan #arts_promote #islamicrepublicofpakistan #leadpencil #lensmark #gettyimages #divamagazinepakistan #gtmagazine #miniature #travel #storiesofpakistan #artsculpture #dailpakistan #carving #peopleofpakistan #creative #etribune #locallylahore #peopleofindia #beautifulpakistan #igerspakistan #humansofpakistan

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“Never thought of selling my art. I feel it is so precious and priceless (for me). No one can put a price on it”

Does this mean we won’t be able to buy his miniature sculptures??? *cue sad puppydog face*

Taking inspiration from Pinterest, Ahsan uses everyday objects as his ultimate inspiration.

My personal favorite piece is a chain he created just using matchsticks! *Still sad that I won’t be able to buy this*

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. Pencil's lead is not the only fragile stuff to do art on. There is matchstick as well xD . It was more challenging for me than carving the pencil's lead. Because, Chemistry of wood is totally different than graphite. It's a thread like substance which can't be carved in such tiny form especially when it's white pine. It get cracked by its own if we make even a small cut. So, after it got completed, I applied acrylic spray on it to prevent from cracks and termite. And anyhow, I managed to make it by spending my whole Sunday on it xD . #sculpture #art #pencil #natgeowild #dawn_dot_com #vscopk #pinterest #instagram #flashh_pakistan #arts_promote #islamicrepublicofpakistan #leadpencil #lensmark #gettyimages #divamagazinepakistan #gtmagazine #miniature #travel #storiesofpakistan #artsculpture #dailpakistan #carving #peopleofpakistan #creative #etribune #locallylahore #peopleofindia #beautifulpakistan #macroart #matchstickart

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I’d like to end the piece on a life lesson Ahsan Qayyum wants to share with you all:

“Always think big but never hesitate in acting small if need be.”

This sounds like some sound advice, doesn’t it? What do you guys think?

Cover Image via @ahsan_qayyum93/Instagram

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