While in this digital age, I hardly remember how to properly hold a pen, let alone write with it without looking like a 3-year-old's first attempts at learning letters, some people master pens to the next level. The talented 28-year-old Egyptian artist Mostafa Khodeir creates incredibly realistic portraits that can be easily mistaken for photos using only multicolored ballpoint pens. They really leave us wondering what kind of magical pens this artist is using.

It took a lot of practice for Khodeir to reach his current level. You can see some of the earliest work on his social media, which only means there is no limit to how much you can improve your skills. In 2018, one of Khodeir's drawings of a young boy that took the artist 2 months to finish went viral on Twitter with over 200k likes. Today, with 122k followers on Instagram, over 64 followers on Facebook, and another 17.8k on Twitter, he is still at the top.

We've collected some of the best artwork from the artist, so check it out, and don't forget to upvote the artwork that impressed you the most!

More info: behance.net | Instagram | Facebook | twitter.com | youtube.com

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Susan Green
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1 year ago

This is amazing! Incredible talent!

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Vicious Insect
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1 year ago

How... Just how?

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Isla Bower
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1 year ago

stunning!

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Photographic quality

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Amazingly beautiful!

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Michaela Arthur
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1 year ago

just wow

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Unreal realism

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Lovely

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Kawa1i_Pand@
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1 year ago

thats is witchcraft or smth

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Michaela Arthur
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1 year ago

you are beautiful wether or not you are collerd or not

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audreyMB
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1 year ago

These are really good

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Sweet

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Shadow4523
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1 year ago

babushka

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Isla Bower
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1 year ago

the pose was caught perfectly!

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Mariam Gad
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1 year ago (edited)

Ok I’ll explain this picture for people who might not know. This wonderful women here is a famous Egyptian actor who is in lots of older movies and series. I don’t remember the names of the movies she was in sadly. I’ll ask my aunt and see if she knows. UPDATE: her name is عبلة كامل

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Sasha Krohapunk
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1 year ago

It's unreal. Looking like the photo.

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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1 year ago (edited)

The colors in this one are amazing! She's so beautiful.

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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1 year ago

Her expression and the light are amazing.

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Beautiful subject, and beautiful rendition.

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Michaela Arthur
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1 year ago

stunning🤩

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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1 year ago (edited)

So meticulous, yet so understated. Absolutely lovely.

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𝕁𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕪𝔹𝕖𝕖
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1 year ago

beautiful Just like a real horse

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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1 year ago

Wow! Zooming in and then zooming out on the blanket, you can see the pen lines, but it looks so real from further away.

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Lorraine R
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1 year ago

Lilac-breasted roller, I think. Absolutely beautiful.

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Sandy Murphey
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1 year ago

Those eyes!! And the hair falling nearby...

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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1 year ago

Fight like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

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1 year ago

AND THIS IS PEN YOU CANT REALLY ERASE OEN

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Thea Lapsley
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1 year ago

sooooo cool and beautiful !!!

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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The light on her face is so beautiful and perfect.

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Thea Lapsley
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1 year ago

wow!

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ConcertoDelleDonna
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Amazing amount of detail.

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Susan Green
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1 year ago

Morgan Freeman! One of the very few celebrities I admire.

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Thea Lapsley
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WOW!!!!

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Flowergirl Power
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1 year ago

OMG OMG OMG They are all done with ball point pens WOW!

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ballpoint Pen Sketch An Egyptian Actor Had Passed Away.

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Mariam Gad
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1 year ago (edited)

Also another actor, who’s name I also don’t remember but do know that he had sadly passed away. UPDATE: his name is عزت أبو عوف

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