Artist Spends Hundreds of Hours Drawing Hyperrealistic Portraits Mimicking Renaissance Techniques

Artist Spends Hundreds of Hours Drawing Hyperrealistic Portraits Mimicking Renaissance Techniques

At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 hours to complete—feature a combination of graphite and charcoal that are expertly rendered to form hyperrealistic compositions. Against a pitch-black backdrop, the illuminated figures’ incredible details are brought to life: every stray hair, wrinkle, and fold of fabric is visible.

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