It may not shock you that incredible things can be done with just pencils and paper, but the breathtakingly lifelike drawings of 22-year-old Japanese artist Kohei Ohmori are bound to leave you amazed.


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The Okayama-based prodigy spends more than 200 hours on each project, and his attention to detail is strikingly evident. Thanks to carefully-placed shading, ultra-thin lines, and a remarkably steady hand, Ohmori’s designs look as if they’re going to jump right off the page. They’re so immaculate, in fact, that his Twitter audience is calling him a ‘mad genius’ and ‘insane’ over the amount of dedication he puts into his penciled portraits. His most recent effort, which has yet to be completed, depicts a shiny nut and bolt, while his ‘signature piece’ is considered to be a stunning headshot of British model Sophia Blackbrough.

Scroll down to see Ohmori’s portfolio for yourself, and if you still need more proof of what can be accomplished with a sharp pencil, check out these drawings by Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley, or these paint blobs by CJ Hendry.

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This is 22-year-old Japanese artist Kohei Ohmori hard at work on one of his intricate pencil drawings

He’s become a hit with his shockingly lifelike portraits, which each take more than 200 hours to complete

Ohmori’s Twitter followers call him a ‘mad genius’ over the amount of manic attention he devotes to his work

Carefully-placed shades, highlights, and thin strokes of a pencil can produce seriously amazing effects

Armed with a box of ultra-sharp Mitsubishi pencils, any page becomes a blank canvas for Ohmori’s art

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