I’ll save you the trouble of rubbing your eyes. No, this is not a photograph. It is actually a hand-drawn realistic portrait by artist 29-year-old Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva. And the best part — it was all done with 6 different colored Bic ball point pens. He details more information here. Can you believe it? I certainly am still having trouble believing it. Can you believe that Samuel says that art is just his hobby? To have that talent. Yeesh, I am seething in jealousy.
This particular portrait is based on a photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina.
A comparison between the original and his version.
Here are some of my favorites among his work. You can see all his masterpieces on his deviantart account.
According to Samuel, he thinks his version of the original painting, “Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer, is cheesy. I think it’s an astonishing rendition. Obviously this man is far too humble for his own good.
What is your favorite realistic portrait by Samuel Silva?
[via Design Taxi]