These Are Not Photos: Artist Shows Initial Sketch And End Result Of His Digital Drawings (30 Pics)
In practice, the advent of photography exchanged the need for drawings and paintings, as cameras can do the better job much quicker. However, the artistic part still remains alive, and many people appreciate the amount of skill and time it takes to actually make a photorealistic drawing. And to some extent, artists like Choi, who goes by the name of daol_pater on Instagram, still manage to compete with the cameras and even outdo them in terms of how realistic the image feels, as sometimes the digital drawings might even exceed the quality of a photo and border on the lifelike. Even though he can't technically be called a traditional artist because he makes them on a computer, he still can be considered a true artist nonetheless. But let's not let words get in the way of things that are best shown, not described. Check out the fantastic sketches by the fantastically skilled artist.
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What's very interesting and unique about this artist is that he's willing to show "how the sausage is made," and shares the whole process, from reference lines and sketching to coloring, on his Instagram. It's as if to say: "I might reveal my secrets, but you won't be able to replicate them." I don't know much about the author, but I'd assume that they don't sound as arrogant as I just portrayed.
The real reason why the artist might be so open about how he makes his digital drawings is probably educational, as it shows the ins and outs of how professional artist sees and works through the process. And there's much to learn from his drawings; if you observe them carefully, the educational value is almost as equal as taking a master class in shading, highlighting, textures, and linework. Thanks to artists like Choi, people can learn this extremely difficult craft.
What was very surprising is the disproportion between the skill of the artist and the amount of followers that he has. While in my mind he deserves millions or hundreds of thousands, in reality he merely has just above 3,8k. Goes to show that while some focus on secondary things like likes, he himself mainly focuses on the art. But don't worry, you can correct this injustice by following Choi on his Instagram, so help him get the amount of followers that he deserves.
Whether the post attracted you for educational purposes or just for aesthetic pleasure, Bored Panda has much more similar content to offer. If you want to see something more similar to Choi's work, but in a form of pencil portraits, check out these portraits by Nestor Canavarro. You might have heard about photorealstic drawings made with pencils, tablets, and all kinds of other stuff, but have you heard of photorealistic sewing? Now you have. And here's some more typic realistic artworks made with a charcoal or a standard pencil. Enjoy the views!
Note: this post originally had 38 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.