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Here's How One Artist Puts A Fiery Touch To His Wildlife Pieces

"Art is a lot of fun, especially if you're burning it."

When it comes to putting the finishing touches on a piece of art, Danny Shervin doesn't need paints or brushes. He needs fire.

Shervin uses gunpowder to paint pictures of different types of wildlife inspired by living in Wyoming. In order to solidify and finish a piece, he arranges the gunpowder how he wants it and sets it on fire for a brief moment.

This gunpowder art technique was one he discovered as a college student. It's also a technique created by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang to make a powerful statement about China's social climate and artistic traditions.

Shervin shared his work in a new video with 60 Second Docs and although he's experienced in creating gunpowder art, he still needs to be careful.

"I get nervous every time I go to light a piece," he said in the video. "Fire can be unpredictable sometimes."

Fire cautions aside, Shervin also makes sure other disruptions don't ruin his work.

"Even dropping a brush on the canvas will destroy the whole thing," he said. "And there's zero way to replicate a piece."

But at the end of the day, he's still passionate about his artistic specialty.

"Art's a lot of fun," he said. "Especially if you're burning it."


Watch Shervin's technique below:

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