Friday art: photorealism

Redhead girl

Take a close look at the artwork above - how was it done?

No, it isn't a photograph.

Give up?

It was done with ball point pens and took around 30 hours to complete.

Simply amazing isn't it.  The artist is Samuel Silva (born in 1983), a Portugese lawyer who only does this wonderful art as a hobby.  I only came across this talented man as there was a story in the newspaper.  According to the artist: "I don't mix nor blend them. Ballpoint pen ink dries instantly and cannot 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."

Here are a few more. 

Took 8 hours to complete
Took 15 hours to complete
"Tiger" - Took 20 hours to complete
Bald eagle - Took 8 hours to complete
"Baby cradled in dad's hands" - Took 60 hours to complete
Took 20 hours to complete
To 5 hours to complete
Which one is the photo and which one is the artwork? 
The one on the left is the drawing and the one on the right is the photo. It was based on a Russian photographer, Taraina. The artist used 7 different coloured ball point pens  using cross hatching to create the illuson of additional hues and depth.



  1. You are right that work is truly amazing it looks better than the photo.

  2. They are amazing, aren't they?! I really love realism - such amazing talent - and to do it all with pens!! :)

  3. I can hardly believe these are done with pen. They are so detailed and beautiful. If you had not said, I would not pick the photo from the drawing of the red haired girl. So natural and stunning! The others are just as good.

  4. Yeah, that is just amazing. I can't believe they're done with ballpoint pen. Seriously that is amazing! I just can't even imagine how he does it, being into drawing myself.

    1. I did wonder if he used ordinary ball point pens from the news agency or something a little fancier . They are amazing though :))))

    2. Dan read up about this artist the other day, as you know, and he discovered the artist uses BIC pens!! Really not a very elite line of pens!!!!


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