If you think the following images are photos, think again. They are in fact probably the world’s most intricate doodles.
It may be hard to believe but the pictures below are created using standard ballpoint pens bought from places like Staples, eBay, Amazon and, the artist says, any good office supply store.
They’re drawn by Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva, who describes his art as a hobby. However, this is no ordinary hobby – sometimes he works on a piece for up to 50 hours.
Silva has drawn images of wildlife, recreated masterpieces like Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and copied iconic photos so accurately they’re almost indistinguishable from the original.
For his Redhead Girl, based on a photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Taraina, the 29-year-old attorney used six 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
For Silva, ballpoint pens are just one of the many mediums he is attempting to master. However, he writes on his DeviantArt page: ‘I’m just a lawyer, art is just a hobby for me, although it takes from five to 50 hours to finish each drawing.’
Silva, who started sketching when he was two, said: ‘I started developing my own style of ballpoint pen drawing back when I was in school, in simple classroom sketches in the back of my exercise books.
‘I never imagined there were so many brilliantly masterful ballpoint artists out there. Ballpoint pen is not my only medium, it’s just the one I’m currently trying to master.
‘At this point in my life I’m proficient with chalk, pencil, color pencil, pastels, oils and acrylics. Maybe one day I’ll create an account just to share those.
‘I’m just glad to be here, I want to learn a lot, see a lot, and enjoy to its fullest what other fellow artists have to share.’
‘It takes me forever to do my works. The only thing that makes me keep going is my love for what I do and the ambition to go further and further.
‘Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium.’
Speaking about his picture of a Sumatran tiger, which took around 20 hours to finish, Silva said: ‘I always wanted to draw a tiger, I love felines and decided to draw my first tiger ever, I hope you like it.
‘This one is wild, that’s why I love it. Big felines are not meant for zoos.’
Attribution: Daily Mail