The Star Wars universe is expansive and seemingly without boundary, so to capture it on something as small as a seed can’t possibly be easy. But that’s what Russian artist Salavat Fidai has done with his paintings of Star Wars character portraits: he literally painted them on pumpkin seeds.
The paintings would be a sight even without the novelty of a super-tiny canvas, so his ability to capture the characters on such a small scale is incredibly impressive. Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Sebulba, Jar Jar Binks, and Boss Nass are so perfectly rendered in acrylic paint that we’d really love more insight on his method. While there are no behind-the-scenes looks on these paintings specifically, Fidai did share a time-lapse video of him painting Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, which you can watch below. The process apparently involves minuscule brushes and plenty of layers—no surprise that the small scale demands details be captured with relatively tiny broad strokes.
Fidai has painted more than Star Wars characters on pumpkin seeds, and frankly, the Star Wars seeds aren’t even the most impressive of the bunch. The gallery on his website contains his seed paintings of classic art like van Gogh’s Starry Night Over The Rhone, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa. He’s also done other pop culture characters, like Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Gustavo Fring with his face half blown off.
But by far the creepiest work is the eyeball: the pumpkin seed is eye-shaped already, so it looks like he cut a photo of an eye from a magazine or something. But anyway, watch Fidai paint Starry Night below.