Extraordinary Hyperrealistic Ballpoint Pen Portrait

It may be hard to believe, but this portrait simply referred to as Redhead Girl is not a photograph. Once you come to realize what you're looking at is created by hand, your mind may go straight to being amazed that someone painted such a detailed image, but this is not a painting either. This hyperrealistic portrait is, in fact, an illustration drawn with ordinary Bic ballpoint pens.

The artist behind the creation is Portugal-based art enthusiast Samuel Silva, aka VianaArts. The 29-year-old lawyer, who practices drawing as a hobby, has put in a great deal of time (approximately 30 hours) and effort to realistically simulate every detail of this young woman, from her fiery red hair to the speckled freckles that embellish her face. Silva says "Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium. It's not about what you use, it's about how you use it."

Since Silva's drawing has been submitted to reddit, it has garnered much attention and praise for the skill involved. It has also raised a lot of questions that Silva has taken the time to address. While some have trouble understanding where he gets the colorful pens and how he blends them, Silva explains that they are available for purchase at "any good office supply store" and he uses a crosshatching method, amongst the 6 colors and one black pen he used for this portrait, to get the varied hues.

Samuel Silva on deviantART
via [Colossal]

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Tags: Redhead Girl, Samuel Silva, VianaArts, art, hyperrealism, illustration, pens, portrait

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Comment by mox on February 21, 2014 at 12:58am

What can I say ...just Amazing..............

Comment by Noli Hina Nolasco on February 17, 2014 at 7:36pm


Comment by Maly Xiong on August 15, 2013 at 5:15pm


Comment by Johan Beyers on March 11, 2013 at 11:57pm

Just fantastic. WOW!!

Comment by Lisa Russell on August 30, 2012 at 5:16pm

Wow! Incredibly beautiful illustration!

Comment by Pisar on August 27, 2012 at 12:54pm


Comment by Kimono From Japan on August 24, 2012 at 10:02pm

Wow, unbelievable! I'm completely and utterly amazed!

Comment by sAm on August 23, 2012 at 4:16pm

This is simply unreal!


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