Art of Africa.. the draw­ings you’d swear were snaps

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AN artist makes fin­ish­ing touches to one of her “hy­per-real” por­traits which are cre­ated us­ing just char­coal and pen­cil.

Chi­a­monwu Joy’s pic­tures, which take up to a month, have been praised as bet­ter than the work of lead­ing pho­tog­ra­phers.

A tweet fea­tur­ing the Nige­rian’s most re­cent draw­ings – of the Igbo cul­ture in the south of her coun­try – has been liked at least 183,000 times.

Chi­a­monwu said: “I de­cide who and what to draw by how much I am moved and fas­ci­nated by the sub­ject or ob­ject. All my art­works tell a story”

One Twit­ter user wrote: “These are some of the best pho­to­re­al­is­tic im­ages I’ve ever seen.”

An­other fan added: “I’ve never seen hy­per re­al­is­tic like this, I can imag­ine a black and white photo vs her draw­ing where you would say the photo is not as pre­cise as the draw­ing.”

SU­PERBLY DRAWN BOY Joy’s art work CUL­TURE SHOCK Amaz­ing sketch of an Igbo woman HY­PER-REAL Joy uses pen­cil and char­coal TAL­ENT Chi­a­monwu

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