Drawing portraits already takes an incredible amount of patience and skill, but Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley has decided to make his task even tougher and stick only to simple monochrome pencils.


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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.

If you want more, make sure to follow Arinze on Instagram, where he reveals his newest works piece-by-piece. (h/t: juxtapoz, demilked)

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Aegon VI Targaryen 1 month ago

masterclass!

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Anna Brandigi 1 month ago

When someone tries to steal your froyo

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Kimberly Grau (Red Moth Art) 1 month ago

My favorite of this set! The pose and angle of the subject in this case aren't easy, but you wouldn't know it with how perfect it is!

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Aegon VI Targaryen 1 month ago

HOW?!

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Ruby Casiano 1 month ago

It even has the lines for the bifocals in the glasses! Amazing.

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Melissa Amalir 1 month ago

I wonder how long it took to draw this?