12 Mind-Blowing Photorealistic Drawings and Paintings

12 Mind-Blowing Photorealistic Drawings and Paintings

Have you ever looked at a drawing and thought that it was actually a photograph? Photorealism, a genre of art in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image, can be downright mind-blowing. The photorealistic reproduction of an image through sketching or painting requires an immense amount of talent to pull off and luckily Instagram is full of gorgeous examples that will play tricks on your eyes.

From sketches of animals to paintings of children, this photorealism art will definitely make you do a double-take. Prepare to be both dazzled and inspired by these 12 life-like works of art.

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12 Astounding Photorealistic Sketches and Paintings from Instagram

Sweetest Smile

It’s hard to believe that this isn’t a photograph. The artist used pencils to recreate an image of this beautiful young girl and her heartwarming smile.

Doggie Drawings

The curls on this pup named Truffles are so wildly realistic that we can’t believe it is a sketch. The artist is available for commissions if you’re looking to turn your dog into a work of art.

Painting Pigs

Can you believe this isn’t an actual photograph of a pig? The super talented artist painted this beauty based on a photo and we cannot stop staring at that sweet snout.

Cocker Spaniel in Color

While we know it isn’t as easy as it looks, this drawing of a cocker spaniel is making us want to sharpen our colored pencils and get to work.

Eye Spy

How gorgeous is this charcoal and graphite piece of a person’s face? We dare you to try to not get lost in that eye.

Cat Lover’s Dream

Doesn’t it look like you could reach out and touch those whiskers? This drawing of a kitty is one of our all-time favorite photorealistic pieces.

Sketched Beauty

How perfect is this graphite and charcoal piece? We’re blown away by her wind-swept locks.

Tiger Queen

One of our new favorite artists demonstrated her time-lapsed creation of this shockingly realistic painted tiger.

Hands-On Realism

It’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the fine details in this graphite and charcoal pencil drawing of human hands.

Photorealism with Lime

These limes look real enough to squeeze right into our margaritas, am I right?

Feathers on Feathers

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My first graphite drawing that I've done in years is complete! This was so fun to draw. Today's topic of discussion is about knowing when your artwork is finished. Please leave your thoughts and comments below 🙂 I'd Iove to chat with my fellow artists about this topic! . . . . Knowing when to stop working on a project and call it done can be really hard for both beginner and advanced artists. Beginners tend to call a work finished too soon. They'll often call something done when there's color everywhere or all the of the paper/canvas is covered. Stopping too soon doesn't mean it's bad or not well done, it's just not finished and doesn't look as good as it could if more time was spent on it. More advanced artists can sometimes do the opposite. They'll keep tweaking really small details that don't necessarily make the artwork stronger and never call it done. So when should you stop working and move on to your next project? . . . . I think the simplest answer would be to stop when you look at your artwork and you don't see anything that stands out in a negative way. Hang it on your wall or put it somewhere where you'll see it every day for a week. If you're happy with it and don't see anything you want to change after that week, call it done. . . . . If you're a perfectionist, like me, who will always see something to 'fix' … If the potential change is so minor that someone won't notice the difference from a normal viewing distance… You don't need to make that adjustment. . . . . On the other hand, if your work doesn't look as good as you'd like it and you're still calling it finished, slow down and try spending another 30 minutes, hrs, or even days. You'll he amazed at how spending a little extra time will in many cases improve your work overall. That is especially true if you're goal is realism. . . . . . #graphitedrawing #blackandwhitedrawing #owldrawing #wildlifedrawing #wildlifeartist #owlart #realism #photorealism #instaartist #realismartist #greathornedowl #fabercastellpencils #graphitepencilart #bwdrawing #wip #owls #birddrawing #bwart #photorealismdrawing #animalartist #animalart #animaldrawing #pencildrawing #amateurartist #amateurwildlifeartis

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Photorealism Perfection

We cannot get enough of those stunning life-like eyes created by the photorealism artist using charcoal.

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