Friday, August 24, 2012

Your Turn - Drawing Or Photograph


Yesterday I Tweeted the photo above and after looking at it for almost 12 hours straight, I still can't decide if the artist is messing with everyone or not. He says that he took the photo on the right and that the picture on the left is actually a drawing that he made using only 8 pens that he bought in a grocery store. When he first showed them on Reddit, people clamored for him to video himself drawing because no one believes him. I'm not sure, but it is fun to speculate. Drawing on the left. Photo on the right. Believe him?

63 comments:

Rangeman Manoso said...

I dunno if I believe him but if it's true he should be making BANK.

discoflux said...

Shit. I need to find him. I want him for our studio!

Este Jones said...

I believe they are not the same--look at her top lip.

EmEyeKay said...

The left looks like an illustration to me.

Maja. With a J. said...

There are a few telltale signs that the picture on the right is a drawing - especially the mouth and hair are obvious. Whether he did it with 8 regular pens is debatable though.
Either way, the girl is stunning!

Chris said...

Pretty clear to me the one on the left is the drawing. I guessed after reading the headline and before reading the paragraph.

Look at the eyes and cheekbones and hair between the two to see the difference.

EmEyeKay said...

@disco- are we in the same biz? What studio?

Snapdragon said...

I would need to see a higher-resolution scan than this for pen strokes. If it is a freehand drawing and not a tracing or a photoshop filterfest, this guy's a prodigy.

(The photo is on the right, Maja. :) )

Cathy said...

I wonder if you overlaid one on top of the other if the freckles would all perfectly match up.

rejectedcarebear said...

I believe him. You can tell which is which. The freckles on her nose, her nose in general is the tell for the picture on the left.

DianaofThemyscira said...

Yeah, I don't know about the pens but the drawing/photo thing I see quite clearly. There's an obvious difference.

Sherry said...

Norman Rockwell would use a projector to trace his paintings from a photo onto canvas. Andrew Wyeth did portraits showing this kind of detail in each strand of hair.

I find it very difficult to believe that he did this using pens because of the way the hair is layered on top of the background. It's hard to tell though, just from a photo of it.

crila16 said...

Incredible artist...but yes. After looking, you can tell the one on the left is the drawing. YOu can tell by the lighting on the hair. The photo, the hair in the back fades...not in the drawing.

Casual Observer said...

I'm an artist and I find it hard to believe that the picture on the left is done with pens. The amount of shading makes it look more like colored pencils or photoshop. I'd have to see his other works to see if he could achieve these subtleties with pens.

I'm skeptical, but it's kind of amazing if it's true.

Cindy said...

More of his stuff....



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/samuel-silvas-amazing-pho_n_1822572.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

studio gulag -- said...

It's true and it's not that big of a deal. I've actually seen better.

Maja. With a J. said...

I MEANT LEFT!!! I SWEAR!!! *L*

Noetje said...

This is real, you can find him on DeviantArt. Not all of his drawings are this good though.

RenoBlondee said...

And I can't even draw a stick figure. *sigh*

Carolyn said...

I was an art major as an undergrad and used to be pretty decent in the realism genre with black/white/gray mediums like pencil, ink and charcoal. Color was not my strength. I believe him (although not sure about the grocery store pen claim) and think he is incredibly talented. Wow.

Snapdragon said...

Looked at all the drawings. Stunning.

Casual Observer said...

After looking at his other works (thanks for the link) I have to say that he has mastered a very difficult technique. You can see the cross hatching in some of his other works.

For a lawyer/hobbiest artist, his technique, rather than his overall creativity, is what is amazing.

mannyv said...

It's not just pens...it's bic pens. The colored ones from the grocery store.

The backstory is that the guy is a lawyer, and draws for fun. He has a deviantart page here:

http://vianaarts.deviantart.com

Pretty neat. On his page you can see the pen texture on her neck, but dunno - that eye is so sharp it looks like it's with an L lens.

Elisha said...

He is very talented, but I don't think he is a prodigy. It's clear that it is a drawing. I don't know if it is regular store bought pens. I just can't see him getting such smooth transitions and that much control over a cheap pen. Not that people haven't done amazing things with ball point pens, but just writing with those cheap pens there are clumps of ink or light spots. I would love to see a video of him doing it though and I would gladly eat my words to watch him create something.

discoflux said...

Em - We're working on getting a 3D studio off the ground - Dead Panic Studios. We only have a facebook page at present. We specialize in assets and artwork for video games, movies, and comics. We have some concept art up on the page if you want to check it out!

Turkish Taffy said...

I believe it. My daughter is an fantastic artist. She can do lifelike portraits (caricatures) just as well as this.

Carolyn said...

The art on his deviant page is stunning. How does he do that with a Bic pen??

Coriander Shea said...

Wow Enty you're giving me a twilight zone moment! I saw this as mod pick on Deviantart the other day. I've got it saved on my IPad bc THAT is the elusive shade of red hair that I would dye (haha I made a funny) to have!

I think it's real, but I'd like to know what pens he used. Art supplies are expensive, so I too play the dollar store stationary aisle for art supplies game, lol. Doesn't always work the best for me but I make do. I can do nice things with Bic pens because they feather beautifully, but I can't make my pen strokes this subtle yet.

Of course it could always be a digital thing, but I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt. His fingers are probably sore as hell.

Coriander Shea said...

Oh I didn't see that he used Bic pens, lol. Yes they feather very very well...but you'll get ink all over your fingers. When you get used to them you can kind of tell when they're about to spit ink at you and you can move it over to a scrap piece of paper until it starts to flow smoothly again.

Del Riser said...

I believe it for sure, and envy him his ability.

Tru Leigh said...

I saw this someplace on the internet. The drawing is the one on the left. Amazing as it seems.

EmEyeKay said...

@disco, I'm on my way. Good luck!

EmEyeKay said...

@disco, wow, Ivar's work is awesome! I really like that. Giving you a "like"!

Stacey Charter said...

i'VE SEEN THE GUY MAKE ART WITH FRENCHFRIES AND KETCHUP FROM mCDONALDS. Ooops sorry for the caps - at work - anyway - this is amazing but i don't see how the coloring can be so exact with pens. That eye and the hair are perfect. PS: this is how I picture myself, or would like to - all wild red hair and freckles - only I have green eyes. Alas... I do not look like this LOL

Stacey Charter said...

SOrry - confusing first sentence above. The caps are because I am at work and keep my pc on all caps all the time. The french fry guy was my example that people with the talent can pretty much do anything... so I believe this is drawn.

discoflux said...

Em! Thank you!! Yes, he is an AMAZING artist. We have such a talented group. I'm really lucky to be involved with such a great group of artists.

discoflux said...

Em - What line of work are you in? If I'm not being too nosey...

discoflux said...

And, you know.. you're all welcome to go like the page as well. :)

Dead Panic Studios.

Tell your friends.

iheartjacksparrow said...

His pictures were posted on the Daily Mail site this morning. Like some of the commenters, I would like to know how he makes the white whiskers on the cats.

nataliesinger said...

This can't have been done with just bic pens.. There is at the very least some digital work on this.

nataliesinger said...

wait..I want to clarify...if he did indeed use only bic pens then there would have had to have been other materials used and/or PS to get the effects he's got in this work...

Sherry said...

I spotted it too. I cannot define why the left one looks like a drawing but the right certainly looks like a photo.

Sherry said...

Turkish: You should use some of your duaghters artwork as your avatar.

Turkish Taffy said...

Sherry: I'm a spaz with avatars. I'm helpless at resizing pictures.

Call me yndy... said...

Apparently, I'm the only one who looked at it and thought "20 minutes with photoshop and I can make the photo on the right look like the 'drawing' on the left." A few filters, a few tools that are usually used to make alterations like magazine cover models to make it look 'just a bit off' and voila!
That said, I've seen amazing artists do amazing things. If this guy has anything showing process stages? I'd believe it. But if there's no "this is what it looked like 1/3 finished" shot? You have to ask yourself why.

Coriander Shea said...

@TurkishTaffy I use Irfanviewfor resizing and putting rudimentary copyright marks on my art and sketches. It's free and not a resource hog at all. I couldn't function without it. :)

Coriander Shea said...

Correction: Irfanview [space] for.....lol.

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The Black Cat said...

Coriander Shea, look at Natural Instincts and L'Oreal Preference for that shade of red.

Coriander Shea said...

Really? I'll have to look again. I thought they did away with this shade in the early 2000s bc it went out of style. Garnier Fructisse and Hydrience used to make the most perfect shades....

Thank you. :)

auntliddy said...

Ive seen artwork like this before. Its awesome!!

Jeri said...

I believe him, looks like a drawing on the left.

Jessie said...

Check out Bec Winnel on Instagram. She draws the most detailed portraits of beautiful faces. They're amazing.

mazemerizing said...

Maybe that priest in the Spanish church should have called this guy instead of allowing that 80-year-old lady to "restore" that Jesus painting.

AlexT said...

You can tell the one on the left is the drawing because of the limited color palette. The face, the hair and the lips all use the same color red, whereas in the photo, her skin has a yellow undertone and her lips have a pink tone that the drawing doesn't have. Also, the drawn hair looks drawn.

I can draw this well (although I normally use pencil). I completely believe he can do this with regular ballpoint pens. He's not doing anything (except by hand) that a color printer doesn't do. You just layer the ink in varying opacity.

The thing to keep in mind is that he's not whipping these babies out in 45 minutes. A photo-realistic drawing takes weeks and a very intense amount of concentration.

AlexT said...

Also, this is how you make white lines on a drawing: you take a sharp instrument (like either an extremely hard lead pencil, or in his case, probably a pen with the tip retracted) and etch the lines into the paper. As long as you're careful, the white lines will stay white.

Another trick: To get the texture of brick, rub over brick.

Thomas said...

When I read enough to know that one was an illustration and one was a photo, my first thought was that the one on the left was the illo. I had a discussion on my FB page about stuff like this recently. Video Games (fake by definition) are looking more and more real, and movies (fake too, but at least "real" scenery and backdrops used to be present) are now looking, to me, more and more .fake (due to so much CGI and HD technology being made use of). I don't dig it. Just my two cents.

csproat said...

As an artist i can see that It is a drawing on the left....great technique like many have mentioned...but not a really precise duplicate....

DontRainOnMyPrada said...

Wow I am looking at it on my iPhone and I can only tell that overall the one on the left looks brighter than the one on the right. Another plug for irfanview--it's a free program and its batch capabilities are what I use heavily. Batch crop, batch resize.

Lelaina Pierce said...

I love Infranview too! I've been using it for eons.

The one on the left definitely looks like a drawing to me. I can't get over the grocery store pen claim, though.

tamarind said...

Mr. Tamarind would like to comment-Total Bullshit, I'm not buying it. How could you get that flesh color with a bic pen with no visible lines..?

therealjadedentrepreneur said...

Jesus, you had to stare at that for 12 hours? It took me less than a second. It's pretty obvious if you know, you have eyeballs.

therealjadedentrepreneur said...

And I'm sure this guy loves how a bunch of laypeople are judging whether or not he could accomplish this drawing. What a joke! Stick to what you know, folks.