Back in the day, when computers with keyboards weren't so accessible and writing by hand didn't feel extremely odd, the ballpoint pen was everyone's favorite tool for creating art. I bet everyone had one or two doodles in their notebooks, but Samuel Silva took it to another level.

This 37-year-old self-taught Portuguese artist, who goes by VianaArts on social media, started drawing with ballpoint pens at school by simply sketching on the back of his exercise books and even after becoming a lawyer, he didn't give up on his hobby. On the contrary, he has perfected it to the point that his hand-drawn artworks look so hyperrealistic it's hard to believe they are not photographs.

Each of these extraordinary drawings takes from 5 to hundreds of hours, up to 8 standard colored Bic ballpoint pens, and lots of patience to complete. "Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium. A tool is only as powerful as the Artist who uses it." Silva wrote on his DeviantArt page. "It's not about what you use, it's about how you use it."

Check out the gallery of Silva's astonishingly detailed portraits and let us know if your jaw is still in place!

More info: deviantart.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Pablo Simmo
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7 months ago

My god, those eyes making even more impression!

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Boodle
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7 months ago

Every.Single. Hair.

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Brenda Swann
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7 months ago

Eyes are sisters, not twins.

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Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

what intense eyes!

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Play Tea
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7 months ago

OMG WHO CAN TEACH ME HOW TO DRAW LIKE THIS!?

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Play Tea
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7 months ago

The eyes!

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Pho3nixGir1
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7 months ago

Love this <3

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ember avery
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7 months ago

this is so well done

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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7 months ago

Wow. I would never guess that this was ballpoint pen.

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Bean59
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7 months ago

that is so pretty omg

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Nora
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7 months ago

Holy shit! This needs to go up!

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Deborah Barringer
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7 months ago

amazing eyes

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Willow Anderson
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7 months ago

It looks as if I’m looking at a real photograph

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Play Tea
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7 months ago

Eagle

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Play Tea
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7 months ago

CUTE BABY!!

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Pablo Simmo
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7 months ago

Isn't that Scarlett Johansson?

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Annabeth Chase
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7 months ago

awww, squish!

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Isaiah Wallerstedt
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7 months ago

I LOVE kingfishers!!

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Christine Myers
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7 months ago

I love this so much.

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Lorrie Finley
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7 months ago

I like how he shows which color pens he used. I didn't even know Bic pens came in more than black, blue & red.

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Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

those are some beautiful green blinkers!

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Christine Myers
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7 months ago

Wows, adorable and beautiful.

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Bean59
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7 months ago

yummy

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Magdalena Bone
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7 months ago

Those eyes

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Patrick Shore
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7 months ago

looks like snake markings

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Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

amazing details in the mane.

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Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

he sees a mouse, and he prepares to pounce.

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Annabeth Chase
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7 months ago

That face is...

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Annabeth Chase
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7 months ago

kitty.

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Unicornstar
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7 months ago

If I hadn't known otherwise I would sworn this was a photograph. Amazing.

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Stephen Bullock
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7 months ago

Blind from cataracts, not at all creepy! Someone loves him/her dearly.

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Daniel Lewis
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7 months ago

She's hot!

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Deborah Barringer
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7 months ago

such a sweet face

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Parker Sheehan
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7 months ago

First of all, I cannot do faces. My best efforts ever have been Winnie the Pooh, and Charlie Brown. Otherwise I concentrate on birds, with only mediocre success. Tell me, please, do you personally know the lovely women in Nos. 22, 49, and 50. They just seem to have a personal quality to them. You must have an incredibly steady hand. Finally, number one has got to be photograph, rather than a painting. Please be truthful. I find these works to be phenomenal. Thank you for sharing them with us. It was so nice meeting you if only on social media.

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Deborah Barringer
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7 months ago

i too love hawks and other birds of prey.

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R L
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7 months ago (edited)

My favourite- they are just so poofy!

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Abigail
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7 months ago

BIIIIIIGG KITTY (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

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JazzyRuns12
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7 months ago

This so intricate!

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Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

Is that a punch buggy in the background

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Ayasophya Alturas
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7 months ago

impressive shading

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Deborah Barringer
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7 months ago

gotta be sisters

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SilverRozFox
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7 months ago

I love roses!!

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Lorrie Finley
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7 months ago

I'm amazed at the range of work he does. The amount of artistic talent out of this one man goes past brilliant all the way to the savant.

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Rã. R. Field
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7 months ago

This one is simply gorgeous... they are all good however it’s a personal matter for myself as an artist and I can draw life like too, though I just find that many can( oddly enough and with biros), I tend to love seeing a drawing as a drawing no matter what is used as tools. *I mix my own dirt colourings, use charcoal with coloured crayon and ink, all together to create some great natural shades. The first picture I recognized, as it was a controversial issue with a book written by a person stating the story behind the face was true,only to find it wasn’t. So I would like to know if you copied this from a photo, as it looks to same same?

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Patrick Shore
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7 months ago

am i drunk !?

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