Open one of Bea Obcena‘s sketchbooks and you'll find a gallery of pencil drawings. The Philippines-based artist fills paper spreads with portraits of celebrities, copies of figures from famous paintings, and so much more. Each page displays her masterful ability to render shading, texture, and dimension in graphite. Sketchbooks often provide insight into how an artist works. In Obcena's case, we find pencil illustrations accompanied by numerous handwritten notes describing the content.
Some works of art are realistic, while others appear so true-to-life that they blow your mind.
Learning how to draw people is often cited as one of the most difficult subjects.
UK-based artist Emma Towers-Evans brings her subjects to life in hyperrealistic portraits using only graphite and charcoal. Each one is so meticulously drawn that it can easily be confused with a black and white photograph. As a self-taught artist, she has been honing her skills in pencil drawing since her teenage years. Now, she is well known for rendering portraits in mind-boggling detail.
It’s no secret that drawing a human portrait is a challenge.
Plants are usually known for their beautiful flowers, leaves, and branches, but there is a whole other side to them...
Enigmatic women become one with nature in the portrait paintings of Argentinian artist Sofia Bonati. She uses a combination of graphite pencils, watercolor, and gouache to render ethereal female figures in ornately patterned environments that are full of color and delicate details. “I enjoy capturing human emotions through figure paintings,” she tells My Modern Met. “I find it easier to express myself through this theme.
It's easy to mistake the drawings of 25-year-old Aria for reality.
It's not easy to create a three-dimensional object in a two-dimensional medium, but artist An Jae-hyun shows how he does...
Artist and professor Guno Park is known for his expressive, yet detailed ballpoint pen drawings of people and sights in New York City. In addition to capturing real-life subjects, however, he also makes illustrations that explore deep concepts, such as life and death. His 85 x 51.5 inch graphite drawing entitled Nature of Things is one such piece. It depicts a human skeleton filled with thriving plant life.
Have you ever come across a work of art that makes you do a double-take?
A rare drawing by one of the world’s favorite Renaissance men is set to go up for auction next month.