This Nigerian artist creates hyperrealistic pencil art that captures the spirit of his subjects. Arinze Stanley‘s interest in art was sparked early in life by the paper that surrounded him at his family’s paper mill. First embarking on a career as an artist in 2012, he now takes his camera with him everywhere to shoot reference images for his work. From there, he intensely studies his subjects, pulling out the emotions in their facial features.
The drawings take Arinze around 100 hours to complete and they are some of the finest examples of hyperrealism we’ve seen to date. And for those who still think that these are some sort of trick, Arinze shares the work-in-progress pics of his drawings in various stages, which also reveal some insights into how he achieves that realistic look.