Nigerian Artist Creates Larger-Than-Life Hyperrealistic Portraits Entirely in Charcoal

Pencil Portrait Drawings by Hopex John

Have you ever seen a drawing that looked too good to be true? Nigerian artist Hopex John uses his masterful drawing skills to create hyperrealistic portraits that could easily be mistaken for black and white photographs. With only charcoal at his disposal, he captures the texture of skin and hair with amazing detail.

John's art ranges from celebrity drawings to family commissions, and he spends an equal amount of time to bring each subject to life. Each mark on the paper is made with charcoal, which he carefully sketches and blends onto the white surface to create light and shadow. Depending on the complexity of his work, it can take over 100 hours to call it complete.

“I use my painstakingly drawn charcoal art to express my deep feelings and to address socio-cultural issues in Nigeria, Africa, and the world at large,” John tells My Modern Met. “I also want to spread positive messages and impact people's lives.”

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Nigerian artist Hopex John creates hyperrealistic portraits that are drawn entirely in charcoal.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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