The Four Horsemen Diorama

I recently bought a new iPod shuffle and used the empty case to make a diorama of the Four Horsemen  (and a  goat for good measure). It’s pretty tricky to photograph, and also a dust magnet.

I decided to use the original paper inset. I painted it black.

The background layer is sitting on a piece of illustration board.

I continued to add layers, each separated by a tiny bit of illustration board.

Death, the final horseman.

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48 Responses to The Four Horsemen Diorama

  1. Indigene says:

    That is so amazing! The details and originality are great!

  2. poppylocke says:

    What a cool idea! And brilliantly executed!

  3. dave says:

    Very Cool!

  4. khwhitaker says:

    wow, that’s awesome!

  5. Diana says:

    LOVE IT! I want to carry it in my pocket.

  6. Linda says:

    Very cool. Nice job!

  7. heike schulz says:

    What a wonderful idea. I like dioramas so much anyway and yours is so intricate. Where do you find the patience?

  8. shirley says:

    Wow, this is fantastic! Great piece.

  9. amy says:


  10. Alice says:

    Wow. I admire people that have the desire and patience to work so small and with so much detail. Delightful piece

  11. psychopooch says:

    AWESOME diorama! Nice way of reusing packaging.

  12. Jim Doran says:

    Thank you ALL for your comments!

  13. Aaron says:

    That is so cool!

  14. Steve J. says:

    Give this man some money, Apple.
    They should seriously run with this idea. Except maybe for the death theme.
    Brilliant, you maniac.

  15. spindelmaker says:

    This is like a mini-model for theatre isn´t it?! You´re about to enter theatre-desig without even knowing it… ha, ha, ha…
    It looks great!

  16. Alex T says:

    I love the idea of creating this art! Just looking at the photos makes me want to create my own! You have a great talent! Keep on making great art!
    Alex T.

  17. Jackie W. says:

    This is a really cool!!

  18. CI says:

    i think that it is soooooo cool how the picturs pop out

  19. Jackie W. says:

    This is a really cool idea!!

  20. katie p says:

    That is very creative! it was a very good idea to do

  21. Sydney says:

    I think this is so cool, keep up the good work!

  22. Paige says:

    This is really cool. It must have taken a lot of time to do. I like how the picture looks 3d. It was very creative to use an ipod case.

  23. Jessica M. says:

    Jim, I think your idea is so creative! I can’t believe that you can creative such small art! AMAZING!

  24. Gabi S. says:

    I think this it is so cool that you can take an ipod case and turn it into such a detailed piece of art work. The detail is amazing! I love it!

  25. Sarah R says:

    Wow! How long did it take you to make that? How many layers did it take to make that? It is very interesting!

  26. Mason J says:

    That is amazing how you make a mini story in a teeny tiny iPod shuffle box! You must have to be so patient! When did you start creating them?

  27. Lauren says:

    This is pretty amazing. Just looking at all the detail makes me think that it must be done by a machine – but obviously it’s not. Wow!

  28. Gabi S. says:

    This is so cool, it is unbelievable that you can take a little ipod case and turn it into an amazing piece of artwork! The detail is amazing!

  29. Jim Doran says:

    Thanks for the comments, all of you. I was amazed at my inbox this morning!

    @Sarah r, this one is 5 layers deep, and the altoids tin actually has 8 layers. I worked on this in the evenings for a couple of weeks for a total of maybe 7 hours or so. I made a lot of horsemen who didn’t make it into the iPod case.
    @mason j, I started working with paper cut-outs in August and decided to do tiny ones in January.
    @alex t – you totally should make your own.

  30. Julianna M says:

    I think the drawings are amazing! This is such a creative idea especially because its made out of such a small ipod shuffle case. Amazing job! Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more of your great blog posts.

  31. emma a says:

    This work is amazing! It is really creative to take a drawing, cut it out, and put it in a different object. Good Job!

  32. Erica D. says:

    It is so amazing how you can draw something that is the size of a dime. Great Job!

  33. Jenny Y. says:

    Wow! That is so cool how you can turn an everyday item into a piece of art! How do you come up with these brilliant ideas???!!!

  34. Victoria B. says:

    WOW! That’s amazing how you can make such small and simple art! Amazing! I am inspired to try and make my own!… Even though it won’t be anywhere near as awesome as yours!
    ~Victoria B.

  35. Emma says:

    This is amazing! I love the way all the little cutouts are layered. This would be an amazing art project for school. All of the pieces are very well done!

  36. Ashlei Chang says:

    I love how even though it’s really small you can put so much detail in your work! What inspired you to the Four Horsemen Diorama?

  37. THIS IS AMAZING!! Your work is very detailed and extraordinary. I can tel l it took a long time to make but, how long did this take for you exactly to make this piece?

  38. Evie G. says:

    I think it is so cool how this piece of artwork was made out of a Ipod case!! How long did it take you to finish this project?

  39. Princess G says:

    I think it was really creative to use an iPod case to make this art instead of just throwing the case away.

  40. Mimi N. says:

    Wow! I cant believe what amazing art you can make with an everyday item! I think that I could probably do this with something else. Thank you!

  41. Sidney B. says:

    This is so cool, it must have taken hours/days to do especially since it’s so small, how did you see what you were drawing? Did you use a magnifying glass to be precise or did you just know from practice?

  42. Jim Doran says:

    @sidney b: I use reading glasses and this to help:

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  45. mary stebbins taitt says:

    FFO!!! (Far “frickin’” out!!!) WOW! I love these!

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