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
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.
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.
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.
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.
How perfect is this graphite and charcoal piece? We’re blown away by her wind-swept locks.
One of our new favorite artists demonstrated her time-lapsed creation of this shockingly realistic painted tiger.
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
The artist Lydia Rose created this gorgeous owl and our jaws are on the floor.
We cannot get enough of those stunning life-like eyes created by the photorealism artist using charcoal.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.