Remarkable Pencil Drawings That Blur Photorealism and Hyperrealism

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We’re generally fascinated by photorealistic drawing and painting here at Flavorpill, if only for the intimidating degree of technical skill involved. But for all that being able to create a crazily realistic drawing or painting is a neat trick, it ultimately remains a trick only if the subject matter’s not interesting enough to justify the work. It’s for this reason that we found the work of Glaswegian artist Paul Cadden — which we stumbled across via Scene 360 — rather interesting. Cadden describes his work as not so much photorealism as hyperrealism: “Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills etc, the idea is to go beyond the photograph … The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal.” It’s an interesting idea, and the results are fascinating — check out a selection after the jump, and visit Cadden’s website to see more.

Image credit: Paul Cadden

Image credit: Paul Cadden

Image credit: Paul Cadden

Image credit: Paul Cadden