The incredible, ultra-photorealistic ballpoint pen portraits of Nigerian artist Patrick Onyekwere, each one meticulously shaded and crosshatched from a few snapshots of his subjects.
They’re not photographs.
They’re oversized copies of photographs by the Spanish artist Juan Francisco Casas.
All done freehand with a ballpoint pen. Freehand. With a ballpoint pen.
Talent like this can only result from having done a deal with the Red Lad. In Juan’s attic, a stack of mediocre watercolour landscapes slowly rots.