News: Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Paul Lung requires nothing but a 0.5 mm technical graphite pencil, plus one sheet of A2 paper to create a nearly perfectly hand drawn facsimile of a photograph. The 38-year-old graphic designer of Hong Kong spends up to 60 hours on each labor intensive drawing.

Self Portrait of the artist

Lung likely has inherent skill, and probably spent a good chunk of his life enjoying (re: practicing) the craft of drawing.

But, believe it or not, in my opinion, essentially anyone can learn to draw. For some, it may require a lot more practice (and patience). It's all about technique, learning to "see" (transfer of the eye's perception to the hand), hard work and tricks of the trade. (If you're interested in the concept of born talent v. acquired skill, check out these two books: 1, 2).

Let's get started. To begin acquiring such fine skills as Lung's, you will need:

Loving Lung's tiger? Check out Lisandro Pena's extensive animal drawing HowTo's.

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

Nope, This Is NOT a Black and White Photograph

4 Comments

Human camera. Some of them look so real they might have color.

Wow. You obviously have some very impressive skills, and I am way impressed. But, honestly you should use it to give us a unique Paul Lung vision of the subject, not an exact replica of what a camera can do in a fraction of a second. Leave that to the photographers. Show us your unique interpretation. That would be far more worthy of your 60 hours.

Zedric, please go imitate a photograph, and post it for us to see. I gurantee your 'drawing' would look like a preschooler's finger painting compared to this artist's work.

He should try his hand at US currency.

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