Can you imagine a situation when an artwork is so realistic that someone would accuse the artist of fraud? Moreover, that the whole situation would be investigated by Trading Standards?

Well, this actually happened to 36-year-old professional artist John Fisher who was one day visited at his home by two inspectors who had questions about the authenticity of his highly detailed pencil drawings. At that moment, Fisher was really surprised because he knew he did not violate any laws. Inspectors explained that they needed to investigate an anonymous report claiming that the artist was 'scamming' people by using an app to produce his work.

Fisher showed examples of his photorealistic drawings and even rubbed some bits out to prove that he used real pencils to create them. It didn't take long for the officers to believe the artist as the proof was there. He admitted that this malicious report could have harmed his business and it's really upsetting that people would go that far without even double-checking their information.

Fisher started his career a few years ago when his father persuaded him to radically change his life: quit his job as a chef to open his own business and become a full-time artist. Though he had a rough start, now he has more than 4,400 followers on his Instagram selling his works across the UK. His masterfully detailed work is often mistaken for photographs because it is so realistic!

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#1

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

"Every portrait artist should put themselves under the microscope at some point and it was time for me to do just that. No frills, no filters, this pencil drawing is my first attempt at a self-portrait and first, of a series of water-themed drawings I'll be doing over the course of the year. I could almost call this a miniature as it only measures 8x8 inch but I class my miniatures as anything below 6 inches. Either way, it's a small drawing when compared to my usual 16x12 pieces."

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Peggy Hamilton 2 months ago

TALENT!!! that i will never have!

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#2

Ruby And Lily

Ruby And Lily

"Ruby the Springer Spaniel and Lily the Pointer, drawn from 2 separate photos over 20 hours."

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

this truly realistic, my god you are a true artist!

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#3

Brides

Brides

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Foxxy 2 months ago

This is beautiful.

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#4

Sam

Sam

"Tribute drawing of Sam. My first horse portrait."

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Elisabeth Bergbom 2 months ago

NO WAY, this is so detailed, all the hairs right etc. I'm beyond impressed

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#5

Stan Lee

Stan Lee

"Comic book writer, actor, and producer. The legendary Stan Lee."

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Peggy Hamilton 2 months ago

The detail is freaking amazing incredible

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#6

Farewell

Farewell

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Zoe's Mom 2 months ago

This one...love it.

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#7

Snowy Fun

Snowy Fun

"A commissioned pencil portrait of a small dog playing outside."

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Laura Zaini 2 months ago

oh gosh

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#8

Alice And Smokie

Alice And Smokie

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sam crenson 2 months ago

so cute

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#9

Highland Cow

Highland Cow

"This is my pencil contribution to the Highland Cow trend. Because why not?"

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Elisabeth Bergbom 2 months ago

You've done an awesome job, keep up the good work!

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#10

Pennywise

Pennywise

"Actor Bill Skarsgard as he appeared in the movie, IT, where he played the iconic killer clown, Pennywise. The movie is a 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel."

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

to say this is a drawing is crazy. this is phenomenal!!

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#11

Chester Tribute

Chester Tribute

"A tribute to the lead singer in Linkin Park who sadly, took his own life in 2017."

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D r e a m l a n d s 2 months ago

RIP. You will never be forgotten.

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#12

Ralph

Ralph

"It was a pleasure to draw this stunning horse and I was really pleased with the outcome."

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sam crenson 2 months ago

hello ralph

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#13

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

"This pencil portrait took roughly 12 hours to complete and was drawn from a photo taken in 1950."

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Peggy Hamilton 2 months ago

12 hours paid off! This is amazing

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Beatrice

Beatrice

"Here's my pencil tribute portrait of Beatrice the cow who sadly passed away recently. This drawing was commissioned by her owners who loved her dearly and wanted a reminder of Beatrice in her prime."

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Sara Kate MacFarland 2 months ago

Such gentle eyes...

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#15

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

"My pencil portrait of one of my own heroes, Clint Eastwood."

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Misterscooter 2 months ago

The man with no name? I have no words.

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#16

Two Labs

Two Labs

"A drawing of two labradors enjoying the sun."

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Elisabeth Bergbom 2 months ago

This... I'm speechless

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#17

Archie

Archie

"This pencil portrait was commissioned by Hannah as a tribute to her boy Archie who passed away recently."

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Madeline Allman 2 months ago

its so realistic... my brain is so confused rn...

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#18

Dunardry View

Dunardry View

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Peggy Hamilton 2 months ago

So far, this amazingly talented human can draw humans, animals, and landscapes! Wow

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#19

Baby Portrait

Baby Portrait

"A commission from Janet who gifted this to her daughter after the birth of her new baby boy."

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D r e a m l a n d s 2 months ago

What a darling!

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#20

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

"My pencil portrait of the late Bill Paxton. The only man to have taken on an Alien, a Predator, and a Terminator."

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Sadie Jayne 2 months ago

And the biggest meanest F-5 tornado!!!!!

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#21

Celebration

Celebration

"A drawing that was commissioned as part of an anniversary celebration. It shows both wedding rings with each hand holding a glass of the good stuff. (not exactly a portrait, but close enough)."

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D r e a m l a n d s 2 months ago

Perfectly captured the light hitting the glass. Something I could never quite wrap my head around... Great job!

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#22

Thanos

Thanos

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Shireen 2 months ago

I am inevitable...

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#23

Boxer

Boxer

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K. LNU 2 months ago

I have a love for boxer dogs! Would love for him to draw my pup! <3

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#24

Zack

Zack

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PandaPiñata 2 months ago

I am not really a horse person but the image is stunning!

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#25

Horse Head

Horse Head

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Elisabeth Bergbom 2 months ago

I've literally never seen any drawings as realistic as these in my entire life, this is truly amazing!

#26

Ashley Mova

Ashley Mova

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NanZ 1 month ago

Once again this is better than a photo.

#27

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger

"This experimental piece of the late Heath Ledger took around 10 hours. I tried to give a double exposure effect and show Heath as himself and also his iconic Joker from The Dark Knight movie."

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Aunt Messy 2 months ago

This is brilliant. A technique you should cultivate.

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#28

Alfie On The Pier

Alfie On The Pier

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Chris_the_Creative 2 months ago

Are any of these for sale? and where do we go to commission pieces?

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#29

James

James

"Portrait of baby James, commissioned by mum, Emma."

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#30

The Family Homes

The Family Homes

"Commissioned piece showing the clients previous family dwellings."

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D r e a m l a n d s 2 months ago

It's like a crazy dream... I like it!

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#31

Aquaman

Aquaman

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Zoe's Mom 2 months ago

Holy smokes; perfect.

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#32

A Happy Couple

A Happy Couple

"An A4 sized pencil portrait of some newlyweds."

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Mainza Munsanje 2 months ago

The way he's looking at her 👌💓

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#33

Brothers

Brothers

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Nia Loves Art 2 months ago

This one does almost look like the sketch app filter over a photo.

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#34

Holiday Snap

Holiday Snap

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PandaPiñata 2 months ago

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They met at the dentist :)

#35

Mia

Mia

"The daughter of a close friend posing for a snap at her parents' wedding."

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#36

Emma Fyffe

Emma Fyffe

"I recently had the pleasure of working with actress and producer Emma Fyffe. She allowed me to do this pencil portrait of her which took around 10 hours to complete. Based in Hollywood, Emma can be found all over YouTube but currently co-hosting and competing in the Movie Trivia Schmoedown on Collider Video."

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#37

Horse With Rider

Horse With Rider

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Bonnie Blue Bird 2 months ago

Stunning

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Alloway

Alloway

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Multi-Reference

Multi-Reference

"The client required a drawing of his grandchildren but had two separate photos as a reference. In this case, they were positioned in such a way that they looked natural enough when placed together in the drawing."

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Chris DiFonso 2 months ago

Thank you for sharing these! They are amazing, I love the detail.

#40

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Lauren Caswell 2 months ago

I think it does look like a young arnie, perhaps based on a movie poster

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#41

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

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Elisabeth Bergbom 2 months ago

Is it just me or do the first/ last posts get the most comments, at least in the articles where there's a lot of pictures so people pay less attention to the pictures in the middle of the article?

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#42

Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson

"My portrait of the legendary football manager."

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Reneshen Ramiah 2 months ago

i want this

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