I’m back this week with a new post completely dedicated to some of the Best Photorealistic Drawings Using Pencils and Ballpoint Pens you can find around the globe.
First off I’d like to apologize for my absence these past few weeks, but I’ve been kept quite busy with a few exams I was passing (14 to be exact) and consequently did not dispose of sufficient time to flush out content at my usual weekly rate. Now enough with excuses and let’s get to the post shall we?
I’m sure you’ve already seen some of these Best Photorealistic Drawings Using Pencils and Ballpoint Pens on web
It’s true! If you’re a web browser, even with a modest interest in graphic design or more generally arts for that matter, you’ve probably seen some of these pieces. However, I bet I can teach a few things you may not have known on the authors themselves.
Let’s start with the less impressive of the bunch, but nevertheless amazing and far from anything I’d be able to accomplish with a pencil, Randy Hann. Born in 1961 in Twillingate Newfoundland, He’s been drawing since. Randy is completely self-taught, that’s right, SELF-TAUGHT, and over the years has been able to perfect his technique and accomplish some unbelievable results. Most of his work are high fidelity representations of his home, family or childhood memories. Make sure to head over to his official site to check out all of his work.
All photos are © Randy Hann
23 years old, Italian artist Diego Fazo, defies photography with a simple charcoal pencil, and if that’s not crazy enough, let me fill you in on a little detail, He’s SELF-TAUGHT as well! He has never received a formal education in this art form and actually started out as a tattoo artist, and notably got recognized from his DevientArt profile. Please do check it out, you’ll be sitting there trying to scoop up your jaw from the floor. His inspiration comes from Japanese artists such as Katsushika Hokusai, from which he learned the precision necessary to accomplish this amazing feat over and over again. Each painting takes approximately up to 200 hours to create! Talk about patience…
All photos are © Diego Fazo
Next up is German artist Dirk Dzimirsky and his Hyper realistic artworks. First off here is a quick quote from the author himself :
“I want to capture and describe a persons precence and specific inner self. Similar to what a detailed writer might employ in their analysis of an individual, I portray not only the physical attributes, but more importantly the subjects inner presence of life. […] Personally, I view the practice of drawing as reminiscent of scratching on a surface to observe what’s hidden underneath, where as the nature of painting projects more the inverse, covering and hiding details and forms that might have contributed to a sensuality of a work.”
Apparently, Dzimirsky started doing hyper realistic drawings in reaction to the plethora of photo-shopped images we can see all over the media and he considers these images as blatant lies which try to cover up the person’s imperfections. Throughout his work he tries to bring the inner most characteristics of his models to life and is rarely completely loyal to the photographs he uses. His “main concern is to capture the essence and substance of forms in order to get close to a perceptible presence of the subject” the artist explains. Head on over to his official site for the full story.
All photos are © Dirk Dzimirsky
Here’s another Italian and self-taught artist, I’m clearly beginning to think that it’s in their genes or something… Franco Clun is a 50 years old passionate individual whose interests lie in many areas and lucky for us drawing happens to be one of them. As others in this post, he’s never attended formal art classes and basically owes some of his perfected techniques, not only to persistence and hard work, but a few drawing manuals he’s come across. As you can see on his DeviantArt profile, he’s been kept away from drawing for some time due to other priorities and for three years now is carefully stepping back into his game. All I can say is, please keep amazing us with these masterful pieces!
All photos are © Franco Clun
Let’s move right along with one of my favorite from the bunch, not only for his mesmerizing work but also for his incredibly rich background. This London based artist will leave you awestruck and you probably won’t be able to fully appreciate his work with a simple glance. His capacity of capturing even the most minute details is remarkable. His parents came to England from Nigeria with the same hopes and dreams as most immigrant families. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, not all of his parents’ expectations came true, and he, his brother and two sisters were brought up in extremely modest conditions. The reason I say “perhaps fortunately” is that, these conditions exempted Kelvin from most social activities other teenagers living in surrounding parts may have been able to experience, and led him to dedicate the greater part of his time in his burning passion for art. Throughout the years he’s been able to master his craft and has become one of the hottest artists on the scene. You can fully appreciate his work, for those fortunate enough, by visiting galleries hosting his work, or in the meantime, content yourself with his Flickr stream or his Blog.
All photos are © Kelvin Okafor
Juan Francisco Casas
Presently, grab the most banal blue Bic ballpoint pen you can find, get a hold of your favorite photograph and start the reproduction process in hopes of achieving a result even remotely similar to one of Juan’s artworks. Myself included, I can guarantee without much risk that we won’t get far before hopelessly giving up and throwing the canvas out the window. This 36 years old Spanish traditional painter, initially gave a go at photo realistic drawings as a joke to see if people would think they were real photos. I’d say mission accomplished! He had me fooled for a minute… He actually started using photographs of his night out adventures with friends as inspiration. His amazing works can measure up to 10 feet high, take up to 14 ballpoint pens and up to two weeks to complete! Overall, yeah, I’m impressed… Please make sure to check out his official site to learn more on the artist, and browse through the rest of his splendid work.
All photos are © Juan Francisco Casas
Samuel Silva is a 29 years old lawyer, that’s right a lawyer! He’s completely self-taught and as a matter of fact modestly describes himself as “ just a self taught patient hobbyist person”. Well I guess he’s right, but what he forgot to mention is that he belongs at the top of this list along with some rivaling artists such as Juan we saw above. He started drawing when he was only 2 years old and has been advancing to his current level ever since, and the fact that he never went to art school isn’t proving to be a braking factor towards his progression. On a technical note, he only uses 8 colored Bic ball-point pens and never mixes or blends the ink, “ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and can not be erased. I just cross hatch the different colors in layers to create the illusion of blending and the illusion of colors I don’t actually have.” the artist explains. He rolls with a special motto, “it’s not about what material you use, it’s what you do with it”. Mind-blown yet? Just keep scrolling to check out some of his work, and when that’s done and you need more, you can head over to his DeviantArt profile to witness the rest of his published work.
All photos are © Samuel Silva
Well that’s all folks! I truly hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I have writing it. See you next week, and don’t forget to share if you like.