‘VISION’ by Pieter van der Merwe – Graphite on Fabriano Paper
‘CONTAGEOU SMILE’ by Pieter van der Merwe (Sanlam Portrait Awards 2017)
When we first saw the work of Scottish artist Paul Cadden, it took a while for us to realise that they were in fact pencil drawings – the hyperrealist artist used just graphite and chalk to create these stunning images.
“Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon a series of photographs and video stills, I use softer and more complex focuses on the subject so that the resulting art presents it as a living, tangible being,” he explains.
Pierre-Yves Riveau is a great artist who lives in Nantes, France and is better known as PEZ on different social networking sites. He works as a professional painter, illustrator and graphic designer. The main secret behind PEZ’s great success is paying attention to both content and detail. The result is fascinating artworks that leave us completely stunned. PEZ’s artworks feature different ordinary subjects that are well-known to us, however they are depicted in a non-traditional and creative way to convey a certain message that is usually related to the life that we all live and the different problems from which we suffer. With PEZ, you can definitely enjoy the amazing beauty of his artworks but you may need to spend some time trying to understand what he wants to say through his artworks.
She’s now moving in more experimental and abstract directions in her work, including very large scale drawing projects based around the human figure.
Entitled Sensazioni (sensations, in English) this mind-blowing pencil drawing was created by artist Diego Fazio. Over a period of roughly 200 hours, Fazio drew this intricate piece, which we still – no matter how long we look at it – cannot believe is a drawing. Simply amazing.
Cath Riley’s pencil drawings are amazing to look at, but she regards her hyperreal work as just a stage in her ongoing evolutionary process of exploration and development.
‘IN ITS GRIP’ by Jono Dry – Graphite on Fabriano Paper (PAN Series)
‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman’ by Ruan Huisamen – Graphite on Fabriano Paper
Varma captures every tiny detail in his coloured pencil drawings
It’s almost impossible to believe this incredible image is a pencil drawing
This is just to give a little breathing room from all the photo-realistic work. There is definitely something obsessive about a professional artist finishing a pencil drawing to the level of “best.” I’m sure I missed some that I used to love
Paul Cadden is one of the best pencil artists that can be found in the whole world. His creativity and unique ability to create hyper-realistic pencil drawings are highly responsible for making him ranked here on this list. With Paul Cadden, you can enjoy the stunning beauty of the portraits and landscapes that are drawn creatively, uniquely and accurately. He takes us to another world, in fact the same world in which we live but not seen or simply ignored. His drawings represent the reality accurately with focusing on the depicted subjects and details to encourage us to pay more attention to the world in which we live and to appreciate different things around us but are usually ignored. Although Paul’s drawings are usually based on photographs, stills and videos, they may contain additional elements to achieve the level of hyperrealism.
“Hyperrealism in my work displays the beauty of the imperfections perfectly, opening a door within the subject that is not normally depicted in real life,” says Italian artist Giacomo Burattini, who drew this unusual portrait.
“The drawing process immersed me for hundreds of hours, interpreting and translating what I saw and felt from hundreds of reference photos, collected branches, twigs, and revisits to the site.”
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This mindblowingly realistic image of a cat was created by traditional artist Paul Lung. The Hong Kong-based creative’s portfolio on Deviant Art is astonishing, featuring realistic portraits of both humans and animals.
On his ridiculously good Deviant art portfolio, he explains his aim: “Portraying the human essence in a traditionalist manner, while not being ignorant about contemporary trends, is my goal as a craftsperson.”
Diego Fazio, who is also known as DiegoKoi especially on social networking sites, is a self-taught pencil artist who succeeded in quickly developing his technique to finally achieve amazing results. He started his journey as an artist by drawing the Koi, which is included in his name, and then moved to drawing portraits. He pays attention to the small details and focuses in his drawings on shades in addition to the faces and eyes of his subjects because they have the ability to express silent emotions to the viewers. DiegoKoi’s work has been displayed in several exhibitions all over the world and he has won many awards for his hyper-realistic drawings that are more than stunning.
“From the age of five I started drawing, and over time I added more skills, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, all types of graphic design, caricature and digital photography,” explains Stefan Marcu, the artist behind this stunningly realistic gorilla portrait.
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The amount of pleasure you get after finishing your own best creation is zillion times greater than the best ever creation in the whole world!
Or that Ralph McQuarrie had the best conceptual pencil sketches because it led to the creation something many of us know and love: Star Wars.
Marcu created this study of a gorilla as his entry for The National Open Art Competition UK. “I’m pleased with the piece as it personally represents a big leap in scale, detail and patience,” he says. “It is roughly twice the size of my previous work and I learnt a lot working on this beast.”
Dirk Dzimirsky is a professional artist who has the ability to create stunning hyper-realistic drawings and paintings as well. He focuses in his drawings and paintings on the fine details, light and shadow to create impressive artworks and allow the viewers to enjoy discovering the silent emotions and dramatic feelings of the subjects depicted in his artworks. Dirk Dzimirsky’s work has been displayed in several exhibitions that exist in different countries all over the world such as Tokyo, the United States and Europe as well which shows his unique ability to create fascinating artworks that look real.
Her incredible pencil drawings are included in collections all over the world, and she has worked with clients including Nike, GQ, M&C Saatchi, The Economist, and The New York Times.
“I believe reality is a beauty in itself so I don’t need to find ways to hide the imperfections of human nature so my work shows the perfection of the imperfections of life.”
Give self-taught artist Jay Varma a set of coloured pencils and a piece of paper and it will undoubtedly result in a gorgeous illustration, like this architectural study.
Burattini found an audience by sharing his pencil drawings on Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram, where he regularly shares his works in progress. This drawing was created using black coloured pencils, graphite pencils and charcoal.
Marco Mazzoni is a portrait artist who received a bachelor’s degree in painting from Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He depends in creating his drawings on using colored pencils only without resorting to any other traditional mediums. He is obsessed with the surrounding beauty of nature and this appears in his work as he focuses more on drawing birds, animals, butterflies, plants and flowers. In addition to flora and fauna, Marco Mazzoni’s drawings feature the female herbalists of Sardinia during the 16th-18th century. Marco Mazzoni’s work has appeared in several galleries not just in Italy, but in the United States and throughout Europe as well.
Mersmann’s work has been featured in exhibitions all over the world
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This is just to give a little breathing room from all the photo-realistic work. There is definitely something obsessive about a professional artist finishing a pencil drawing to the level of best. Im sure I missed some that I used to love
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Cas, or Artistiq as she is commonly known on social networking sites, is one of the most creative pencil artists not just in Canada, but in the whole world. Cas is interested in drawing portraits and focuses in her creative work on drawing her favorite celebrities in addition to other movies and TV characters to find many of those whom we all love such as Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart and more celebrities whom we know. To create these stunning drawings, Cas uses traditional and digital mediums.
This incredible portrait of Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway is the work of Franco Clun, a self-taught artist from Italy who has picked up everything he knows about drawing from reading manuals and plenty of practice.
Adonna Khare is an award winning artist who focuses more on large-scale carbon pencil drawings. She is the winner of the 2012 ArtPrize competition, which is the largest art competition in the world. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California State University and her work has been featured in different national and international shows, magazines and social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. She tries through her drawings of animals to tell stories and convey certain messages which are usually associated with the life that we live, different events and the people with whom she communicates.
It’s really a subjective question. You could say for example that Leonardo Da Vinci had the best pencil sketches because of the innovation he showed to the world.
Edit: it seems arrogant for me to make a collection of the best pencil drawings in the world unless I am spending a lot of time researching this. These are just a few greats. As the Chinese and Indian artists come on line, we will see that there are too many to list, I wager.
Hats off to the Artist who ever has done this! One of the Brilliant work
“These objects and scenes in my drawings are thus meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo.”
Burattini believes his work highlights the beauty of imperfection
The self taught Jono Dry is currently the most established of the three names with a very strong signature and unmatched level of execution within his work. His PAN Series is making big noise internationally and his work is considered highly desirable. Jono resides and creates from Cape Town, South Africa. He has a beautiful collection of works and some seriously professional content are being featured to a large fanbase on his social networks. His presence is recognised internationally and his work bares great investment value.
Jay Varma’s skills have been recognised by many, with his work featuring in various prominent publications. In his pencil drawings, Varma pays particular attention to mood and lighting.
Randy Owen creates incredibly realistic pencil drawings – like this image of Samuel L Jackson, drawn using Mars Lumograph black pencils – in his spare time.
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Monica Lee is a Malaysian pencil artist who is passionate about creating photo-realistic drawings using her graphite pencils. The main reason behind Monica Lee’s success and the creative drawings that are presented by her is focusing on details which makes us think that what is drawn is a photo of a real object and not just a drawing. In addition to drawing animals, birds, portraits, products and people, Monica Lee is also creative in digital painting using Photoshop to finally present to us amazing work. Colored pencils are also used by Monica Lee to make her drawings more impressive.
The one you did, with heart and soul, dedicating a lot of time and energy, till you are satisfied with your newest masterpiece is the best ever in the world.
“My focus is on the study of art and my personal development in all its branches, and I am obsessed with excellence in the creation of any product.”
German artist Armin Mersmann is the man behind this chilly woodland scene. Although he also works with oils, Mersmann is most known for his intense naturalistic graphite drawings. His work has been featured in more than 150 exhibitions and has won him over 30 awards.
Residing and creating from Cape Town, South Africa, Pieter can be considered the new kid on the block, but more importantly one of the most skilled. Also self taught and rumoured to have a deep history in oil painting, some graphite drawings has been featured on his social networks since 2016. Most of his featured work seems to be general drawings to the public, however, In 2017 a remarkable shift are being seen in his execution. Pieter has shown a level of progression unseen in this discipline and has sent shock waves across the local & international art scene with his latest eye drawing entitled ‘VISION’ . With an extremely high level of accuracy and attention to detail, his latest works is certainly comparable to that of Jono and Ruan’s. Pieter has yet to reveal his artistic expression but is certainly set to become a formidable name in the Drawing scene. If he continues the progression shown thus far, Pieter just might become the biggest name in Drawing very soon.
Ruan is a multi award winning artist and a master at portraits. Also form Cape Town, South Africa, he is completely self taught and an exquisite level of Realism resinates through his work. Huisamen is not only known for his graphite drawing but has an even more impressive collection of charcoal works. Like Jono, he is a well established name in the SA art scene and Ruan’s work is highly desirable with great investment value.
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‘VULNERABILITY’ by Jono Dry – Graphite on Fabriano Paper (PAN Series)
If you want to learn more about drawing portraits professionally, then you have to take a look at the creative and stunning pencil drawings that are created by Kelvin Okafor. In order to create these photo-realistic drawings and achieve this perfect level, Kelvin Okafor has tried for many years to develop his technique and improve his skills. Kelvin Okafor’s fame started to increase after receiving several awards in 2012 and 2013. In May 2014, Kelvin Okafor’s first solo show took place to allow more people to enjoy his drawings. His story appeared on BBC and other media which has made him more famous.
Ileana Hunter is a talented artist who decided to learn how to create realistic pencil drawings on her own without resorting to any drawing classes. She focuses in her work on drawing portraits and celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Marilyn Monroe, the Duchess of Cambridge, Grace Kelly and more. All the materials that she uses for creating these stunning drawings include Mars Lumograph pencils (2B-6B), mechanical pencils, tortillion, smooth Bristol board and a putty eraser for highlights. Finishing minimal drawings for Ileana Hunter requires 1-2 days while the full detail ones require a few days to be completely finished.
“The very act of drawing every branch, twig, highlight and shadow, rendering textures from the extreme winter skins to the silkiness of new-fallen snow, transforms the scene into an intimate journey. This undertaking is considerably different than merely taking a photo or simply being there,” he explains on his site.
Art runs throughout Varma’s family, his grandfather being master oil painter Raja Ravi Varma – one of the most highly regarded artists in India.
Alexandra is an artist born in Romania in 1985, she studied Foreign Languages and Marketing, but was always attracted to art. She moved to Cyprus in 2010, where she is still working as a hotel receptionist. In her spare time she loves to draw with pencil or ballpoint pen. Although a self-taught artist, she hopes one day to study art in a college or faculty.
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The time in which each takes depends on his subject matter, with this particular A2 pencil drawing taking Lung approximately 60 hours to complete.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the images in this article are photographs. But we assure you, they’re not. Each and every one is hand-drawn pencil art – many of them in beautiful black and white.
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Every medium of art has its own challenges. Pencil sketch is one of those medium. Bringing reality in just black and white shades requires a lot of hard work and patience. These are few of the most realistic pencil sketches which are my favorites.
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Here, some seriously talented illustrators have pulled out their best pencils and drawing techniques to create some truly exceptional pencil art. Featuring celebrity portraits, animals, natural scenes, everyday objects and famous landmarks, there’s something to inspire you in each artwork here. Enjoy…