Numberism – Using Numbers to Create Incredible Works of Art

Numberism is a unique drawing technique invented in 2008, by Portland-based artist Sienna Morris. She uses numbers and scientific formulas to draw beautiful works of art.

27-year-old Sienna Morris has been a painter and designer for most of her life, but she truly found her passion in 2008, when inspired by her obsession with time and the unanswerable question of how much we have left, she started drawing pieces using only the numbers of the clock (1 – 12). She tried to capture beautiful moments of our lives and just how fleeting they are, reminding us all to appreciate the present, knowing we only have one shot to do so. Sienna’s early works were drawn in pencil, but as she started creating larger scale pieces, she moved on to brown micron pen (005), and later to scratchboard, where she etches the numbers using an exacto blade and finishes with an ink or watercolor wash.

Numberism is very similar to pointillism, only Morris uses numbers instead of dots. There are no lines or smudges in her artworks, just a lot of numbers, sometimes drawn over other numbers to create the desired effect. You can learn more about Sienna Morris’ work on her blog, or check out her amazing portfolio on Etsy. She does commission work as well, just in case you want something immortalized in numbers.

If you like this sort of art, you might want to take a look at Stephen Kline’s impressive litographs.