It Looks Like a Photo, But It’s a Drawing

February 20, 2020 0 By Bernardo Ryan

(fast piano music) – [Narrator] At first glance you might think that
these were photographs. But these are pencil drawings part of a growing art
movement called hyperrealism. – When people look at my drawings I would love them to
feel a sense of emotion, a reality, you know. These are my works to
bring people down to earth. (upbeat music) My name is Arinze Stanley. I am hyperrealistic artist. Hyperrealism is a genre
of art that involves making drawings or paintings
that looks very realistic. And you can’t actually distinguish it from a photograph or reality. I started drawing when I was 6 years old. My dad owns a paper factory. I basically grew up around a lot of paper. When people see my works, they are usually shocked
that it is not a photo. They go like, “Oh wow, “is that a photo?” Did you make that with a pencil? And I’m like, “Yeah.”
(laughing) (upbeat music) Usually, my works take
a long time to create. Sometimes, I can make a
piece for about a month. Sometimes it could drag
onto two months depending on my mood and the size of the piece. (upbeat piano music)
I like to use my works to speak on
issues affecting my society here in Nigeria and the whole of Africa. Use the voice that I have
through my art to speak for people who can’t speak for themselves. This person is totally engulfed in oil. This signifies how much we use oil and destroy our society. This signifies the see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. I’m encouraging people to take a step back and try to emulate their childhood. Trying to make people reset to default. When I pick up my pencil and put it on paper, it takes me away. It’s something I can’t explain in words. (slow upbeat music)