Pencil Drawing

February 2, 2022

Realistic Drawing of a Catfish Looks Like It’s Swimming Off the Page

It's easy to mistake the drawings of 25-year-old Aria for reality. The self-taught Japanese artist is famous on social media for creating head-turning illustrations of animals and objects that look like they're about to pop off the page. Her latest piece captures the whiskery form of a catfish whose tail magically escapes the boundary of the paper. Despite its three-dimensional appearance, Aria's artwork is, in fact, two dimensional.

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August 8, 2021

This Artist Creates Larger-Than-Life Flower Drawings With Colored Pencils

Have you ever come across a work of art that makes you do a double-take? Well, Australian artist Cj Hendry specializes in trompe l'oeil drawings. Her latest series captures the intricate details of varieties of flowers in massive, hyperrealistic renderings. Each one is made using a variety of colored pencils. Hendry masterfully layers and blends the different hues together to build dimension in her drawings.

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December 13, 2020

Hyperrealistic Pencil Portraits Offer a Surreal Look Into Being Black in Today’s World

Artist Arinze Stanley achieves his incredible hyperrealistic artwork by exercising what he refers to as the “three P’s.” The principles that Stanley works by are patience, practice, and persistence. His dedication—and his continual strive towards perfection—has helped the self-taught artist to develop portraits of Black people that appear in often surrealistic ways.

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January 19, 2020

Interview: Artist Spends 5 Years Drawing Giant Colored Pencil Map of North America

Artist and cartographer Anton Thomas is making waves for his enormous, hand-drawn map of North America. Executed in pen and colored pencil over the course of nearly 5 years, he spent almost 4,000 hours creating this incredibly detailed view of the continent. It's an ambitious project that required Thomas' dedication and a lot of sacrifice; but in the end, he was rewarded both personally and professionally for his trouble.

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