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

The Okayama-based prodigy spends more than 200 hours on each pencil drawing, and his attention to detail is strikingly evident. Thanks to carefully-placed shading, ultra-thin lines, and a remarkably steady hand, Ohmori’s black and white drawings 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 realistic artworks. 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 stunningly detailed drawing of British model Sophia Blackbrough.

Scroll down to see Ohmori’s beautiful drawings for yourself, and if you still need more proof of what can be accomplished with a sharp pencil, check out these unique artworks 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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