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