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Lawyer draws realistic masterpieces with ball point pens

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  • Silva says it is just a hobby

    Silva says it is just a hobby © Samuel Silva

    Portugal attorney Samuel Silva has a serious hobby. He draws masterpieces with ball point pens you can find at office supply stores.

    The original drawing of this cat was only the size of two credit cards. ©

    The original drawing of this cat was only the size of two credit cards. © Samuel Silva

    He spends up to 50 hours on some of the masterpieces.

    This one took Silva 20 hours to finish © Samuel Silva

    This one took Silva 20 hours to finish © Samuel Silva

    ‘It takes me forever to do my works. The only thing that makes me keep going is my love for what I do and the ambition to go further and further.
    ‘Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium.’

    Of all his drawings, this one is the one that might look like it was done with a ball point pen © Samuel Silva

    Of all his drawings, this one is the one that might look like it was done with a ball point pen © Samuel Silva

    This is a copy of a well known Dutch master's painting.

    This is a copy of a well known Dutch master’s painting. © Samuel Silva

    Some of Silva’s works are copies of well known masterpieces. But he likes to draw original’s more.



    Silva's first jaguar picture took him only 15 hours to complete © Samuel Silva

    Silva’s first jaguar picture took him only 15 hours to complete © Samuel Silva

    He uses a technique called “hatch crossing”, a technique that gives depth to the drawings.


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