Sunrise reflected on the eye glass – realistic pencil art by UK based artist Pen Tacular.
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portrait of the Irish singer Bono, created by Turkey based artist Ercan Sebat.
The Most Famous Graphite Pencil Artists and Drawings in History
Known as PEZ on various social media websites, Pierre-Yves Riveau is a French artist who focuses his efforts on both content and detail to offer statement pieces with realistic rendering. PEZ works in many mediums, including painting, illustration, and graphic design. In each medium, his concept pieces are always fascinating. Often including social commentary, PEZ offers new perspectives on the lives we live and the things we do. These creative designs and illustrations include questions of personality and the environment. PEZ’s portraits are symbolic and impressionistic rather than realistic. In all cases, he highlights the key features of his drawings with stunning and clever pencil rendering to make his point.
Olga Melamory Larionova, aka FairyARTos at dA. is a well known graphite artist from Russia. He creates emotional portraits & figures in her works.
Linda is an American Graphite Pencil Artist who has worked on pencil drawings for over 40 years in a realistic style.
Paul is an artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He focused on subtle details the subjects he depicted and created the visual illusion of a reality of the portrait drawings. He also incorporated emotional, social, cultural and political thematic elements in his works as an extension of the painted visual illusion.
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Isaiah-Stephens – Emotional eyes drawing draws attention to the sad expression and story, all important elements of the final work.
A girl with wet face by David Chong. Davis is a Singapore basedself-taught hobbyist who specializes in pencil drawings.
Kanisa A, aka akaLilith, is a talented pencil artist from Australia. From movies or actors, bands and musicians to Manga characters, she created incredible realistic portrait drawings.
Dirk is an artist from Germany. He portrays not only the physical attributes, but more importantly the subjects inner presence of life.
The artworks showcase here are done by the amazing pencil artists worldwide. I will attach a short bio about the artist below their works. Check out the link and you will enjoy more outstanding work of the the artist.
Ileana is a graphite artist based in Norwich, UK. Her realistic pencil drawings are inspired by both the fluidity of the human body and the hidden lyricism of mundane objects.
A graphite artist from London, Cath Riley finds her niche in the intimates spaces of portrait and drawing study. These graphite artworks do not just present their subjects with photographic accuracy, but they also form meditations on human relationship and longing. With drawings of hands grasping skin and body parts, she is able to put a whole realm of need and expectation into the greyscale of graphite. She explains her drawings as continuing expansions and evolutionary development.
Surrealistic pencil drawing by Austrian artist Stefan Zsaitsits
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Hector Gonzales focuses many of his graphite pencil drawings on mastering depictions of eyes. He is known to draw eyes of all types. His eyes are descriptive enough to be illustrative of faces as whole, but often enough he doesn’t stop at the eyes. While his work is realistic, he is comfortable drawing from the imagining, bringing fantasy creatures to life with the same shade and light that would make any more human feature feel real. You can find his work on Instagram @hg_art.
If you’re looking for him on social media, you’ll probably find him under the name DiegoKoi. Diego Fazio is a self-taught artist, who is a master of understanding the dynamics of shade and light and translating them into powerfully detailed pencil drawings. Diego Fazio earned his nickname by drawing koi. While his drawings fall under the the description of hyper-realism, he tends to challenge his own realism by picking perspectives that change the appearance of his subjects or refract their images. For instance he is a master of drawing wet faces as well as faces that are reflected through wet glass. Diego Fazio has won many awards for his drawings which have been shown all over the world.
Paul Lung is a self-taught hyper-realistic graphite pencil artist who seeks to develop and improve his skills with each new work. He works as a designer and still postsmuch of his work in progress on DeviantArt. He renders animals, particularly cats, with careful attention to texture, shade, and light. Lung also has a great volume of excellent graphite portraits in his portfolio.
French Neoclassical painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres is known for using limited shading and precise lines to draw his pencil portraits. Adrian Ludwig Richter is similarly recognized for his sharp, wiry lines. Many painters began as draftsmen, as they sketched studies for their painted works. Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Cezanne, for example, sketched pencil drawings of flowers and landscape scenes. Gustav Klimt developed his own style as a draftsman, breaking away from the traditional three-dimensional shaded approach to create figures with pure line. His sketches like “Lasciviousness” for his Beethoven Frieze (1902) instead emphasize the flatness of picture’s surface. Other famous pencil drawings include Willem de Kooning’s “Two Women” (1952) and Pablo Picasso’s “Still Life with Glass, Apple, Playing Card, and Package of Tobacco” (1913). Eugene Delacroix, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, Walter Osbourne, William Strang, and Stephen McKenna are just a few other artists known for their pencil drawings.
In the 17th century, graphite pencils replaces the metallic drawing styluses previously used by Medieval and Renaissance draftsmen. Dutch artists were known for their early graphite landscape drawings. In 1795, French painter Nicolas-Jacques invented what is now the modern pencil lead from a mixture of clay and graphite This invention allowed artists to have more control over the density and shade of graphite they used, and the tool subsequently increased in popularity amongst painters, architects, designers, and miniaturists. By the 19th century, pencil drawings were mainly a way for artists to sketch preliminary compositions and studies for paintings and sculptures. The introduction of other fine art pencils, including colored, watercolor, crayon, and charcoal varieties, expanded the medium’s versatility, and pencil drawings became a fine art form in their own right. Today, many artists continue the tradition and often combine pencil lead with other mediums for more dynamic drawings.
Italy-based artist Diego Fazio, is bound to blow you away with his incredible piece titled Sensazioni. The unbelievably hyperrealistic pencil drawing of a woman has caused people to question the truth of its medium.
The humorous portrait drawings by illustrators in Violaine and Jeremy, a graphic arts studio based in Paris, France.
Paul Cadden is a Scottish contemporary artist who turns his artistic eye to urban scenes and everyday people doing everyday things. He is able to represent these scenes with photographic reliability, such that his style lies in his perspective, choice of subject, and treatment of that subject. Cadden’s gorgeous detail tends more toward the lighter side of graphite drawings than most hyper-realists. His dark lines and negative space tend to be less dark than you might expect, giving you the sense that you are looking at an old photo.
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Kanisa also made some detailed tutorials on pencil sketch on dA. She starts each of works with her heart and passion, love, hope and positive light.
Artists who work with graphite lead praise its versatility. Harder and darker leads produce fine lines for more detailed pencil drawings, while soft and light lead is usually reserved for modeling and shading. Artists who make dark art pencil drawings often aim for sharp precision, while softer leads are more often associated with fluid, spontaneous lines. Typical drawing techniques include hatching, crosshatching, blending shades, and scumbling, in which the artist moves the pencil along the surface of the work in small circular motions. Artists often experiment with different kinds of pencils to make charcoal, watercolor, or colored pencil drawings. They also combine graphite lead with other mediums, including pastels, watercolors, and gouache, to spruce up monochromatic images. Pencil and ink drawings are also a common approach as the ink shades complement and play off one another.
Still Life with Flowers – Beautiful drawing of an internet artist Denis Chernov
Marlene is US based artist who works with oil painting, graphite and mixed media.
Pencil drawings can be rendered in so much photorealistic detail as to fool the eye, while a line drawing has the ability to communicate volumes more than what is shown on paper. Indeed, the humble pencil can be a powerful and versatile tool in the hands of a skilled and inspired artist. Whether you’re looking for highly detailed pencil drawings, rough sketches, colored pencil drawings, pencil with ink wash, or pencil with watercolor, we’re sure that you’ll discover works you love within our diverse selection of original pencil drawings for sale by artists from around the world.
The practice of making detailed graphite pencil drawings goes back to the the 17th and 18th centuries, when Plumbago drawings were popular for minor portraits. Plumbago refers to the combination of graphite and clay that makes up the core of most graphite pencils even to this day. These plumbago portraits were primarily drawn on vellum, not paper, and their details and shading tend to be lighter than the hyper-realistic pencil portraits of today
Dzimirsky is a German artist who draws hyper-realistic pencil artworks. It is easy to mistake Dirk Dzimirsky’s works for photographs, as he achieves the goal of hyper-realism, which is to render in art an image of photographic reliability. He is able to masterfully capture unique aspects of human features and human emotions through observing and translating the tiny details of human appearance. His work has been displayed in exhibitions all over the world.
Sachsen, Germany based artist Anne Teubert is talented in pencil art. He draws realistic portraits and figures of celebrities and people with rich emotions.
Mark is a Plymouth, UK based artist. He used to work in watercolour and gouache and now exclusively in graphite pencil.
Krzysztof is a pencil artist from Poland. He created fabulous gallery of portraits with 2b,8b pencils.
Marco Mazzoni is an Italian artist who merges design and botanical elements into modernist portraits with his pencil drawings. While his portraits of 16th-18th century Sardinian herbalists, their associated flowers, butterflies, and other assorted critters, show a knack for realistic drawing, Marco Mazzoni’s colored pencil drawings make their imprint with a powerful usage of negative space and a flair for design. As an artist Mazzoni has had his work displayed in Italy, the United States, and throughout Europe.
a traditional artist from Ggermany. He creates wonderful pencil art with graphite pencils and sometimes with coloured pencils.
A few hundred years later, our contemporary artists are mastering the art of pencil drawing. Unlike in those past eras when artistic masters might only have been “found” after they died, the digital era and social media allows you to see talented contemporary masters in the here and now. Whether its hyper-realism or surrealism, graphite drawing is blowing up right now, and here’s what you need to know about the scene.
It seems a lot of people are not convinced graphite pencil could do the magic as photograph. In this post, I consolidated 60 mind-blowing pencil drawings that you can assure it can do in the hand of an artist.
The masterworks of these 9 graphite artists are sure to get your creative juices flowing and give you some ideas as to what you can do with graphite, given the time and practice. Not to mention this is just the tip of the iceberg as to extremely talented contemporary graphite masters. Connect with them on social media and look for new artist to follow to start expanding your own artistic horizons in the field of pencil drawing.
Armin is a graphite artist who lives in Midland, Michigan. He likes to draw the photorealistic human eyes to portray strong emotions and subtle personalities.
Franco is self-taught artist, hobbyist from Italy. He has overwhelming passions in pencil portrait drawings. He’s skilled in creating rich micro-expressions, details which gives people emotional impact.
Bereaved is a dA artist from United States. As an art school student, she’s obsessed with pencil art and created a portfolio of amazing pencil drawings.
Abstract pencil art by Russia born artist Ivan Aflifan who is currently based in Canada.
As an avid fan of The Lord of the Rings, Brazilian artist Josi Fabri created fantastic fan art of this novel.
Ramon Bruin – Feathers – As it flies low over his paper, Bruin’s bird seems to have lost a feather.
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The winner of 2012 ArtPrize Competition, Adonna Khare is a contemporary artist from the United States who combines realistic depictions of animals with fabulist, image-based storytelling. She tries to create work that is relevant to our world, but, in doing so, she asks us to see her messages through different perspectives. Adonna Khare’s artwords are large-scale carbon and graphite pencil drawings. Adonna Khare has currently put together a coloring book of her work, so that you can join in on the beauty of her imagined animal-based world while practicing your colored pencil skills.