Artist Creates Pencil Portraits So Realistic You’d Swear They’re Photographs

At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that the works of Italian artist Emanuele Dascanio are dramatic black and white photographs, but in reality they’re actually far more impressive.

They’re in fact incredibly detailed pencil drawings that are so good they are photorealistic. Bringing his subjects to life in a combination of charcoal and graphite some of the drawings can take up to 780 hours from start to finish but the end result speaks for itself.

Originally taught the oil painting techniques of the old renaissance masters by Italian painter Gianluca Corona you get a sense in these drawings that Dascanio has continued to adopt a similar style within his pencil artworks, blended together perfectly with a modern twist.

Watch the artist at work:

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