Extremely Realistic Hand-Drawn Portraits

These amazingly realistic portraits were rendered in chalk and graphite by Scottish artist Paul Cadden. Apparently, he specializes in faces with lots of wrinkles personality. Shades of gray never looked so good!

http://paulcadden.deviantart.com/ --via BuzzFeed

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@Stephanie it's funny, but I wouldn't call that art as such. To my mind art requires quite a high degree of interpretation on the part of its creator. Photorealistic images are draftmanship. Incredibly skilled but draftsmanship all the same.

I had a friend who used to make the most remarkable carvings of animals. They were incredibly detailed and looked exactly like real animals rendered in wood. He used to be irritated by people who called him an artist. He was adamant that he was a craftsman. Art, he would say, is easy because you don't have to get it "right". He was an old curmudgeon, but there you go.
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I draw as a hobby. The work of mine people remember most is an etching I did of an old, wrinkly man. I must say that wrinkly faces certainly make impressive drawings, and are also the most interesting to draw.
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I've always been amazed out how one can draw/mimic the out of focus area of an actual photograph.

These are some of the best photo-realistic drawings I've seen.
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