Photo-Realistic Pencil Drawings Come to Life

Paul Cadden’s work is astoundingly realistic. The detail, the shading, the long hours spent creating the large pencil drawings which emulate black and white photographs is just awe inspiring. Take a look at some of the challenging subjects Mr. Cadden decided to draw: elderly people, whose wrinkles tell a lifetime of hardship while reflecting on the present, drawings of youth sharing a smoking cigarette outside a bar, a reclining nude, the busy streets of New York and of Scotland.

Some of the photos he choses to emulate are recent, while others have been around for some time. Cadden takes extreme lengths to make sure every line is perfect, using his eraser carefully and assuring every gradation is just right. Cadden explains that one of his objectives is to “intensify the normal,” creating a world where every detail is seen, realized and appreciated. Take a close look below at his hyper realistic works.

To see more of Paul Cadden’s work, click here.


Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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  1. Kat Mandusays:

    Bullshit, those are not pencil and ink drawings and if they are the artist is using an art projector with photographs.

  2. JEFFsays:

    So what ?

  3. Wessays:

    @Kat Mandu, but haven’t artists used that technique for ages in oil paintings too? It’s still great work.

  4. Cessays:

    In that case he is an awesome tracer! :)

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