As much as it's hard to believe, these mind-blowingly realistic images are not photographs but hand-drawn pencil drawings. This art style is called hyperrealism and you've probably seen it as at first glance, it resembles a high-resolution photograph but after you take a closer look and focus on details, you realize that it's actually a very realistic drawing. Hyperrealism requires an incredible amount of work, skill, and patience but the result is definitely worth all of this!

Meet the 18-year-old Japanese artist Haruki Kudo, also known as kudoharu125 to his 2,589 followers on his Instagram account, who creates incredibly realistic cat drawings that will seriously make you question whether they are not real photographs. Haruki only uses colored pencils but most of his unique artworks look way too good to have been done by hand. "I started drawing about two years ago and I was fascinated by the fun" - the artist told Bored Panda.

Though the artist draws all kinds of animals, from eagles to dogs, it's his hyperrealistic drawings of adorable cats that really stand out. Maybe it's all because of his love for cats and other felines? Oh, and of course, the level of detail in his realistic art really fascinates!

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Clarebear
Community Member
2 years ago

This looks like a photo it is so good! I thought it was a photo at first.

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Clarebear
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2 years ago

This is unbelievable! The whiskers look so real and the nose!

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How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
2 years ago

Awwww. I love the detail in the eye(s), fur and nose. SO ADORABLE!

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Clarebear
Community Member
2 years ago

If I put all my effort into a drawing of a cat it would probably turn out to look like a turkey. This artist is SO talented.

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

ERGH THE FUR HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!!?!? LOVE IT!!!

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Naomi Wayker
Community Member
2 years ago

hes soooo cute

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Clarebear
Community Member
2 years ago

My mind is blown! This is amazing. You can see every hair!

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How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
2 years ago

So cute! Amazing detail. I just want to give it a hug. ❤

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Rania Osman
Community Member
1 year ago

I dont know what to say about all these drawings! So good!

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

cat's gonna eat your pencils man

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

oh man this one just :-)

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Clarebear
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the little tongue. My cat sometimes does this.

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Robin Linse
Community Member
2 years ago

Interesting purrrspective!

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

hes watching you

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How Terribly Unfortunate
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! Very cool concept. It looks spectacular.

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SAMANTHA DIVEN - STUDENT
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

purrfect! =UwU=

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

HE GONNA POUNCE

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Helen Pemberton
Community Member
3 weeks ago

wow really good :-)

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Clarebear
Community Member
2 years ago

I love the water. It must have been difficult to do the ripples.

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

this looks like my neighbors cat

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

ribbons pretty cute

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Evangeline Cairns
Community Member
9 months ago

OH NOW THIS ONE IS.......*explodes*

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Japanese Illustrator Makes Hyper Realistic Cat Illustrations That Will Probably Take Your Breath Away

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CHANNEL BRUNO
Community Member
7 months ago

😆🐱WOW!!🐱😆 I wish to be an Artie like that!😃🤩It is amazing!!😍😆