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: