Using a bit of secret software trickery, jewelry tweezers, double-sided tape, glue, epic mountains of patience, and…wait for it… over 221,000 candy sprinkles, Joel Brochu created this awesome pixelated mosaic of a rather cute beagle based on a photo originally taken by Shingo Uchiyama.

From start to finish, this bathing beagle took a total of 8 months to create. It was such a long process that Brochu almost gave up. “Halfway through, I was ready to abandon the project entirely. Looking at what remained to be done was daunting, but, at the same time I was dying to see the finished piece. I couldn’t stop. I had to finish it. I wouldn’t let myself give up no matter how much I wanted to.”

Astonishingly, Brochu only used 6 colors of sprinkles to create this 4-feet by 1 1/2-foot photorealistic piece. The final image is best viewed at a distance of 16 feet. In total, 221,184 nonpareils sprinkles were used. Amazing.

Head over to My Modern Metropolis to see more photos of the candy bathing beagle!