Try drawing a piece of crumpled paper so well that it would make people want to try and straighten it. While my attempts go as far as making me want to crumble the very paper I drew on, American illustrator Mark Crilley takes only a couple of minutes to replicate things so realistically one can hardly believe it’s not a photograph.

In three videos Mark is drawing a mushroom, a crumpled paper page and a torn playing card. After watching a 2 minute video it gets hard to know which of the objects is real. In a separate video Crilley shows the tools he’s using to create such realistic images – most of the time it’s just a pencil, some watercolor paint, a pastel and white gouache to add highlights. In addition, Mark is posting video tutorials on drawing Manga.