All images courtesy of Red Hong Yi
Corresponding to the recent kick off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Shanghai-based artist ‘red’ Hong Yi has painted a portrait of three football superstars — Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Messi — using only her feet and a soccer ball. Eight different colored paints are contained in buckets, which the artist uses to dip the football into. Bouncing the ball between her feet, red carefully composes the images of the three faces onto a solid white canvas laid on the floor of a soccer pitch. The hues of each player’s jerseys are represented in the portraits as well as physical characteristics that make them immediately familiar to the viewer. Take a look at the video below to see how the large-scale work was made and the final result.