Being a pencil artist isn’t an easy job. We’ve all had to draw things with pencils when growing up, so hardly anyone considers it a unique skill to have. And to be fair, most pencil drawing isn’t a unique skill at all. Hyperrealistic pencil drawings, however, now that’s a skill only a limited few mortals have. Sheila R Giovanni is one of those mortals, and boy does she know how to make a pencil drawing. Seriously, look at this.
Ofcourse, as you can imagine, she has an Instagram page where you can keep tabs on her work. She usually does portraits, and ofcourse does a lot of superhero work. The way she manages to make these drawings look like a 4K picture is just sublime. No detail is lost whatsoever, and you probably wouldn’t believe these were drawings if someone told you. Thankfully, Sheila also posts “work in progress” pictures where you can see how she goes about making these drawings.
I can hardly draw a house with three windows in it, so this is truly an impressive thing for me to watch. Her Instagram page also shows the Brazilian artist’s workspace, which is – as you could imagine – a huge desk with probably thousands of finely sharped pencils. I’m guessing there’s not a color in this universe that Sheila doesn’t have in some kind of pencil in there. Considering how many color variations she uses in each drawing, I’m guessing that having that many pencils isn’t exactly an overreaction, too.
Each of these drawings must take dozens of hours to complete, and it just blows my mind how perfectly crisp the water and sweat drops look. I didn’t even know pencils could do that. So if you do nothing else today (which is fine, it’s summer after all), at least look at Sheila’s Instagram page and follow her if you like her art. It’s hard to argue that with all the effort she puts in and the results she gets, she wouldn’t be deserving of at least that.