Artist Stuns With Hyper-Realistic Ballpoint Pen Drawing

Samuel Silva, a 29-year-old attorney in Portugal, has shocked and delighted countless viewers online this week when he uploaded a stunning painting that many mistook for a photograph.

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!

Source: Yahoo News

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Amateur Artist Cracks Da Vinci ‘Zoo’ Code

An artist claims to have cracked a 500-year-old mystery surrounding the Mona Lisa – by spotting a series of zoo animals hidden in the painting. Ron Piccirillo believes it is possible to see the heads of a lion, an ape and a buffalo floating in the air around the subject’s head along with a crocodile or snake coming out of the left hand side of her body.

The amateur oil painter and graphic designer based in New York says he followed a series of instructions set out by the artist Leonardo da Vinci to decipher the image and claims his discovery cracks open the meaning of the work, painted in 1519. That the Mona Lisa is actually a representation of envy.

Mr. Piccirillo claims to have found similar hidden images in works by other Renaissance painters such as Titian and Rafael. It was when he turned the painting on its side that he first noticed the lion’s head. He also said he had found either a crocodile or snake by following the instructions of da Vinci’s journals.

“This is the key to understanding how Leonardo and many other Renaissance artists hid subjects in their artwork. If you know to look for them, they are there,” Piccirillo says. “It’s not every day you spot something that has gone unnoticed for 500 years.”


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