This is not a photograph: The incredible hyperrealistic artwork of Ivan Hoo

Stunningly accurate images drawn completely by hand.

Peter Iantorno February 19, 2015

Here at EDGAR, we're huge fans of hyperrealistic art. It's not something that is necessarily unique (the brilliant Marcello Barenghi is among our favourite purveyors of the form), but whenever we come across someone who has the supreme talent to be able to almost magically create photograph-realistic images with nothing but a few coloured pencils, we can't help but be amazed.

And in terms of natural talent, there are very few who come anywhere close to artist Ivan Hoo. The Singaporean national, who is completely self-taught, specialises in drawing everything, from cats and dogs to inanimate objects like jars of Nutella and crunched up Starbucks cups, in such detail that they look just like photographs.

Each artwork takes up to three days to complete. Beginning with a photograph or often the object itself in front of him, Hoo translates the image into two dimensions using soft pastel pencils. He then begins to fill in the gaps in his pencil sketch, creating a stunning three-dimensional effect that makes the images leap off the page.

The super-talented Singaporean likes to post updates on the progress of his work on his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so do check them out if you'd like to see more of him. For the meantime, here are a few of our favourite shots of his work: Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art Ivan Hoo realistic art