You Think This is A Photograph? Well It’s Not.

So you think this is a photograph?

Well it’s not. Yes, you read that correctly – this is not a photograph, but actually a portrait – a real-live hand-drawn portrait by Portugal-based lawyer and hobbyist,  Samuel Silva.

Pretty incredible right? Samuel Silva uses nothing but paper and standard ballpoint pens – yes, the pens that you doodle stick figures with in your meetings. His hyperrealistic portrait uses eight different colors and it took him about 30 hours to complete.

When asked if he’s a professional artist, he replies, “No, I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from 5 to 50 hours to finish each drawing.”

He should really consider quitting his day job as a Lawyer.

The first picture above is Silva’s hand-drawn portrait, while the one directly below is the photograph.

But wait! There’s more! Check out some more of his absolutely stunning works below, once again, using ONLY pen:

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8 comments
  1. This makes me want to cry it’s so good. O’ Please tell me he considers being an artist! Thank you for sharing, I always love your posts! Highlight of my day – especially today!

  2. tinkbot said:

    Wow! Truly amazing!

  3. Amazing!! he really should consider giving up his day job!!

  4. !!YaZ!! said:

    Reblogged this on Yazzles's Photo Ventures and commented:
    Do you think this is a real Photograph? Well, It’s not!
    The title caught my attention right away…
    very very very very impressive

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