These Hyper-realistic Charcoal Portraits Look Like Photographs But Are Actually Hand-Drawn

Art comes in many forms and sizes. An artist can turn anything from a white, dull canvas to the gloomy carbon tip of a pencil into a wonderful piece of art. Hyperrealistic art is one such form of art that can only be attained through years of practice and dedication. Dylan Eakin is a self-described photorealist based in Seattle, Washington who discovered the world of hyperrealistic art in 2016 and mastered it in about 2 years.

His amazing portraits take around 100 hours each in the making and the final results are absolutely indistinguishable from the images.

Scroll down to check out his amazing pieces of work and if you’re interested in purchasing his original artworks click here.

#1 Portrait In Precipitate II, 2019

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#2 Through The Vanity, 2019

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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After graduating from the University of Ozarks (Arkansas, USA) in sculptural art, Dylan Eakin followed his passion for becoming a hyperrealistic artist. It took him years to figure out the right medium and successfully master the art of faithfully reproducing images. In the end, all the trouble and hard work were worth it.

#3 Sequences Of Fantasy Violence, Frightening Images, And Brief, Mild Language, 2019

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#4 Exstasis I, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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#5 We Thought She Was Dancing, 2019

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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He told Artzine in an interview that, “As far as the reasons behind working in photorealism, it can get a bit tricky. With this genre, the art is so much more than the final product.”

“For me, it’s an exploration of medium, an exercise in precision and self-discipline, and an attempt to engineer myself and my tools to produce the work of a machine.”

#6 One Hundred Little Prayers, 2019

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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#7 Self Portrait, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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#8 Varmint, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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He also highlighted the challenges that come with every portrait,” The absolute hardest thing to draw is light textures on light surfaces, it takes a super subtle hand, and way more restraint than I have the patience for. But I’m also going to take this as a chance to vent some frustrations about highlights.”

“Highlights are impossible. Not difficult, impossible. Because there’s no way to make a 2-dimensional charcoal drawing emit light. It took me a couple of years to come to terms with that.”

#9 Stasis V1.3, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
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#10 Small Portrait Of Madison, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
Source – Dylan Eakin Website | Instagram | Original Works

#11 Portrait In Precipitate, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
Source – Dylan Eakin Website | Instagram | Original Works

#12 Don’t Bury Me On Hart Island, 2018

Hyperrealistic Portrait
Source – Dylan Eakin Website | Instagram | Original Works

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