50 to 250 hours – this is how long Alessandro Paglia takes to complete one handmade one-of-a-kind drawing. And we totally understand why. Each piece is so incredibly hyperrealistic and intricate that it looks like a black and white photograph rather than a pen sketch on a large cotton paper canvas. With his meticulous and unique technique, the Italian artist brings iconic pieces of design history and pop culture objects to life with an original twist on the story they entail. Each remarkable drawing is presented in fine detail and exceptional attention to composition, depth, and shadows created solely with an intensely pigmented ink pen. Well, many pens actually.

From classic cars to iconic clothing pieces to hand gestures or sculptures, each original artwork is up to your personal interpretation – see for yourself!

More info: alessandro-paglia.com | Instagram

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Luis Milian 1 week ago

even the poop looks real. seriously, this is amazing!

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The Milan-based artist told Bored Panda that he was always inspired by true-to-life works but disappointed by the limited variety of subjects and techniques used. “I always have been fascinated by the power and elegance of black and white, both in fine arts and in photography. I had an education and I worked as a product designer for ten years. Objects attract me, in particular, their aesthetics, textures, materials, volumes. I feel inspired by the stories they tell, their personalities, the ingenuity of their creators, their hidden world. At some point in my life, I simply felt that I had to combine these two passions into some exciting artworks,”– Alessandro admitted.

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Armando Garcia 1 week ago

Wow! just Amazing!

Even though the artist relies on portraying familiar objects that people can relate to, he gives them a new context and meaning with small interventions which is more complex than just replicating what is seen in life. “I select and study my subject carefully. Taking it into the studio, I distort it, enhance it, submerge it, imbue a solid surface with a liquid finish, I break it or rebuild it by combining it with other objects,” – Alessandro said while explaining his method of work – “I then shoot dozens of photos attempting to find that perfect image in terms of composition and contrast of light and shadow. I then draw it with intense pigment colored pencils or black ink pens (…) by superimposing layers of chaotic lines on top of one another until I achieve the right nuances even in the smallest details.”

The precise drawings are achieved with felt-tipped pens with intense water-proof and fade-resistant black pigment with tips ranging from 0.1 to 0.8mm on extra white cold pressed 100% cotton paper at 640gsm. “The use of pen, unlike pencil, allows to get a rich, vivid texture with a vibrant touch,” – said the artist.

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

I can almost TOUCH it!!!

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Ana B. 1 week ago

This one is the most interesting to me, because instead of drawing from life it's like a hallucination!

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Mélanie Piché 1 week ago

ah ah la new beatle caché

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NanZ 1 week ago

I just don't have the words to compliment or describe how unbelievably talented you are!

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the Lemon Queen 1 week ago

Wow! Darth Vader! Yay I love star wars! Nice work!

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NanZ 1 week ago

Inflated dinosaur! Cool!

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Ana B. 1 week ago

Take out the pencils. and this literally just looks like a black and white photo!!

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Jo Bebe 1 week ago

Imaging the creature that would carry these wings !

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MADELEINE KIMBALL 1 week ago

stone/gold/balloon sculpture ninja bunny

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MADELEINE KIMBALL 1 week ago

aww... reminds me of a father and daughter (:

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Sara Kate MacFarland 1 week ago

on the right is a dolphin...on the left is an orca

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Noel Benavente 1 week ago

Ok, this actually looks like a picture... chapeau!

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Audrey Ladwig 1 week ago

That looks like a person waving their hands in the air

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Heaven Scott 1 week ago

i like this one

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Jo Bebe 1 week ago

Hit it on the nose!

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NanZ 1 week ago

Even more now. :)

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!

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the Lemon Queen 1 week ago

More wing! Woww I love it!

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NanZ 1 week ago

Alright already! Another amazing drawing!

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

talk to the hand

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Purple light 1 week ago

The red shirt of the chess board

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Ryeven 1 week ago

dont know how the heck they do it !! :"D

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

it looks a little scary because it reminds me of a manikin.

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Deiann Kennedy 1 week ago

Awww. My favourite!

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NovemberSky 1 week ago

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Jo Bebe 1 week ago

He should record himself drawing the entire thing and then make a speed video showing it unfold !! That would be so cool

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

Did a relationship end badly? I like how you tell a story with this one.

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NanZ 1 week ago

I can't believe you are doing these drawings. The details are mind blowing. Everything about it is amazing. If you put your drawing by a photo of the same shoe, I bet you couldn't tell which is which. Your drawing would probably be better than the photo!

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

there is so much detail in the texture!

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the Lemon Queen 1 week ago

Wow! Storm Trooper! I love it!

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反社会的 UNDER COVER 1 week ago

Live long and prosper ^ ^

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NanZ 1 week ago

Damn that is good.

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Ahnnah Newell 3 days ago

spoon tulips?

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Armando Garcia 1 week ago

You got me

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Armando Garcia 1 week ago

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The violence in this!

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