Meticulously Detailed Drawings Made with Graphite and Chalk

Paul Cadden is a Scottish-born hyperrealist artist who creates painfully realistic artworks using only graphite and chalk.

I’ve posted some pretty realistic drawings in the past, like Rajacenna’s detailed celebrity portraits, Juan Francisco Casas’ photo-like ballpoint pen drawings, or Paul Lung’s pencil artworks, but the pieces you’re about to see are on a whole other level. Using simple materials like graphite and white chalk, Paul Cadden is able to replicate complex photos down to the tiniest details. Whether it’s the countless wrinkles on an old man’s face, the smoke from a lit cigarette or the water dripping from someone’s face, he makes it look unbelievably realistic.

“Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon a series of photographs, video stills etc, the art created from the photo is used to create a softer and much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living tangible object. These objects and scenes in my drawings create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo,” Cadden says about his incredible art.







via Deviant Art

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Feedback (58 Comments)

  • Margaret Posted on February 15, 2012

    Amazing is the only word I can think of – even though it is a bit overused – it’s definitely true!

  • Samuel Posted on February 15, 2012

    The only thing that amazes me is the patience of the artist taking a huge amount of his life time trying to COPY A Photograph. Anyone with a little understanding of art knows this is a waste. The photograph is still doing a better work in representing reality and in less time . An artist should seek to do things that photograph can’t do. The impressionists already understood this in 1890’s. And not to mention the weak tone scale of some of the work showcased

  • Cleveland Posted on February 28, 2012

    not good. they sucked SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!

  • Tom Posted on March 1, 2012

    The real artist here is the photographer. Photo-copyists are to art as typists are to a writer.

  • Tre Posted on March 5, 2012

    Unbelievable!!!! Mr. Cadden, are any of your works for sale? I would love to purchase a few. These are amazing.

  • Ebazzachini Posted on March 9, 2012

    I would like to see a video of the artist creating one of these as I am a little skeptical of the execution. However, if the drawing is as it says it is quite amazing. But do agree with what others have said, why copy a photograph? Showcase your talents of drawing things so realistically another way.

  • Foto Berlina Posted on March 19, 2012

    You are a genius – your drawings are absolutely top of the Art!
    I so love it.
    Those special abilities are rare and you are one of those really special Artists.

  • don Posted on March 19, 2012

    Are these hyperrealistic or photorealistic? How is copying a photo genius, or fantastic, or whatever?