Are you an art expert? Do you think these images are photos or paintings?
The pieces are actually drawings by self-taught artist Samuel Silva who uses ballpoint pens to create his stunning, photorealistic images.
Born in Portugal in 1983, Silva has been interested in art since the age of two, from drawing to painting to sculpting. He graduated from law school in 2007 and began drawing with ballpoint pens while earning his degree. He started out creating simple classroom sketches in his notes and has since developed his own unique style.
The ballpoint pen creations take an exceptionally long time to complete, but Silva’s care and patience gives the images that incredible photorealistic appearance that makes them so special. He is also experienced and skilled in other mediums including regular and color pencils, chalk, pastels, oils and acrylics.
Take a look at some of his ballpoint pen pieces here and see the rest on his DeviantArt page.