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This Nigerian Artist’s Artworks Are So Realistic It’s Hard To Believe He Used Nothing More Than A Pencil
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This Nigerian Artist’s Artworks Are So Realistic It’s Hard To Believe He Used Nothing More Than A Pencil

Ken Nwadiogbu, 23, is a visual artist from Lagos, Nigeria, who specializes in 3D hyper-realistic drawings done with pencil and paper, creating pictures and portraits so realistic that you have to look twice to make sure these black and white drawings aren’t photographs.

Ken’s hyperrealistic art is completely self-taught and he has faced many challenges to become a recognized artist. “I learned the drawing technique myself, Ken told Bored Panda. “I finished with a BSc in Civil Engineering. So I never went to an art school or had any formal education in art.”

Having completed his degree, his parents were not wholly convinced of his choice to pursue his art full time. “That’s “African Parents” for you,” he said with a laugh. “They were concerned about financial stability, and how the world will view you. We have so many roadside artists in Lagos, so they were concerned I might be going towards that direction.”

As well as worrying the parents, another challenge for Ken to overcome was the Nigerian art world. “5 years ago when I started with these pencil drawings, there was little or no attention given it,” he explained. “There was no room to connect or understand art except if you went to an “art school”. There was this stigmatization of artists who didn’t study art. It was hard for a young artist like myself to evolve.” Thankfully, things are changing for the better now. “The art scene is growing. Now, I see young artists being inspired and trying to focus on their dreams. I can see opportunities springing up for even those who did not study art. So it’s a work in progress, and I’m thankful for that.”

Ken aims to achieve a deeper meaning through his amazing art, one which goes beyond the visually spectacular facade he presents into themes such as gender equality, African cultures, and black power. Outlining his vision, he told Bored Panda the stories behind his drawing ideas. “My art’s course is to pursue freedom of expression and belief, and to promote the voices of those rather unheard,” he said. “I also want to explore subtle desire and privilege. In The Nylon Series, there are views of enthusiasts of the typical African culture and morals. Okotogbam touches on emotion and strength of character, while The King’s Diary presents the possibilities of African Feminism, as seen in female patriarchy.”

Now busy with exhibitions around Nigeria, Ken is looking forward to opening his first solo show, with the theme of African female-feminine power. Oh, and it seems that he has finally won over his parents, who have accepted his decision to pursue a life as an artist. “I’m very sure they are completely convinced now. There’s so much love now in what I do,” he told us. “They want to be part of it. Every day they are bringing up suggestions for new beautiful drawings too, it’s so cute seeing parents do that.”

Scroll down below to see Ken’s stunningly realistic artworks below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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“A close-up view of the artwork done with pencil on paper”

 Gnaw, 2016

The Nylon Series

Soldier, 2016

Unleashed 1, 2015

Witnesses, 2016

Chairman

Batu, 2016

If I start to Talk, 2015-2017

Kilodé, 2015

Mother, 2016

Sani, 2016

Leave it torn a Little Longer, 2015

In the midst of Recession, 2015

Osiso Ndu (Mama Africa), 2014

On a Spaceship

Don Gorgon

Torn

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Kerry Pye
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4 years ago

WOW!!!!! What incredible work.

SmittenKitten
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4 years ago

Yeah. There’s real talent

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just a thought !
Community Member
4 years ago

His drawings look more real than real people themselves ! My eyes still can't believe that these are pencil made sketches ...

Carmen Elena
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4 years ago

No no no no, you won´t get me this time... These are photographs, aren´t they?... No...? Are you saying someone drew them? With a pencil?? wtf? what a blessing!

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Kerry Pye
Community Member
4 years ago

WOW!!!!! What incredible work.

SmittenKitten
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah. There’s real talent

Load More Replies...
just a thought !
Community Member
4 years ago

His drawings look more real than real people themselves ! My eyes still can't believe that these are pencil made sketches ...

Carmen Elena
Community Member
4 years ago

No no no no, you won´t get me this time... These are photographs, aren´t they?... No...? Are you saying someone drew them? With a pencil?? wtf? what a blessing!

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