Look closely... it may be hard to hard to believe but the images below are actually drawings made by Portugal-based attorney, Samuel Silva. Silva, who describes his art as a “hobby," uses standard ballpoint pens for many of his drawings, sometimes working on a piece for over 45 hours. Scroll down for more images.
For his “Redhead Girl,” based on the photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Taraina, he used seven different colored ballpoint pens which took some 30 hours to finish. To create such vibrant colors, Silva “cross hatches” in layers to give off the illusion of additional hues and depth.
L: Silva's drawing; R: Taraina's photo
For Silva, ballpoint pens are just one of the many mediums he is attempting to master. However, he writes on his DeviantArt page: ““It’s not about what you use, it’s about how you use it.”
His work bears a resemblance to Paul Cadden's astonishing drawings; both artists display incredible attention to detail which challenges even those images captured by the click of a camera.
Click on the slideshow below for more of Silva's unbelievable drawings.
"Baby Cradled in Dad's Hands"
"Baby Cradled in Dad's Hands" - BIC Ballpoint Pen Original size: 75 % of an A2 paper sheet
"Baby Girl" - BIC ballpoint pen Original size: 60 % of an A4 paper sheet
"Jaguar" - Ballpoint pen Original size: 6" x 8.5"
"Girl With A Pearl Earring"
"Girl With A Pearl Earring" - Ballpoint pen original size: 15" x 10" (This is the Scarlett Johansson version. To see the real Vermeer girl, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johannes_Vermeer_(1632-1675)_-_The_Girl_With_The_Pearl_Earring_(1665).jpg" target="_hplink">click here</a>.)
"Margay Cat" - BIC ballpoint pen Original size: 75 % of an A4 paper sheet (letter sheet in USA)
"Tiger" - BIC ballpoint pen Original size: 90 % of an A4 paper sheet (letter size in USA)
"Palace Garden in Kyoto, Japan"
"Palace Garden in Kyoto, Japan" - 100 % BIC Cristal color ballpoint pen Original size: 95 % of an A4 paper sheet (letter paper format in USA)
"Bald Eagle" - Ballpoint pen Original size: 5,7" x 4,4"
"Saint Luzia's Basilica"
"Saint Luzia's Basilica" - BIC ballpoint pen Original size: 60 % of an A4 paper sheet
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