As Colossal notes, the artwork, which was created using only Bic ballpoint pens, is based on this photograph by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina. Silva, who describes his incredible artwork as nothing more than a hobby, even answered questions on his website deviantART after the illustration of the girl first drew attention on Reddit.
Using only eight different colors, the self-taught Silva told readers that he completed the drawing in about 30 hours. “Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium,” Silva writes on his site. “It’s not about what you use, it’s about how you use it.”
He promises a wider variety of artwork in the future, writing on his site, “Ballpoint pen is not my only medium, it’s just the one I’m currently trying to master. At this point in my life I’m proficient with chalk, pencil, color pencil, pastels, oils and acrylics. Maybe one day I’ll create an account just to share those.”
Are you amazed at how real Samuel Silva’s drawing looks? Can you churn out the same level of realistic art excellence using only ballpoint pens? Share your greatest artistic attempts with us!
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