Hyper Realistic Illustrations using Ballpoint Pens


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Portugal-based artist Samuel Silva first attracted a lot of attention and praise with his portrait the Redhead Girl, where he only used a handful of everyday pens.

Now Silva has an even more impressive portfolio incredibly realistic illustrations of crisp details, fine strands of hair, and textured fur of all kinds of people and animals. Created with colored and black Bic ballpoint pens.

Silva’s artworks can take anywhere from a number of hours to a number of weeks. For example, his Angry Tiger took 50 hours to complete while his Afghan Girl took much longer, 120 hours across 40 days.

“It takes me forever to do my works,” Silva says. “The only thing that makes me keep going is my love for what I do and the ambition to go further and further.”


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