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These Unbelievable Drawings Look Almost Exactly Like Black And White Photographs

It's all just pencil and paper.

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This is Kohei Ohmori, a 23-year-old Japanese artist who creates incredibly realistic pencil drawings.

He shares his work on Instagram and Twitter, where he's been going viral.
Twitter: @kohei6620

He shares his work on Instagram and Twitter, where he's been going viral.

It isn't hard to see why — just look at this incredible drawing of a simple bolt...

This one took Ohmori 240 hours, from start to finish.
@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

This one took Ohmori 240 hours, from start to finish.

And here's a close-up of that same drawing, from another astounding angle.

@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

What's even more incredible is that Ohmori is a self-taught artist, who began drawing as a hobby.

"I couldn't graduate college or find a place in society because for mental health-related reasons, so I'm trying to master realistic pencil drawings," he told BuzzFeed News in Japan. "Although I need to seriously start thinking about my future soon..."
@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

"I couldn't graduate college or find a place in society because for mental health-related reasons, so I'm trying to master realistic pencil drawings," he told BuzzFeed News in Japan. "Although I need to seriously start thinking about my future soon..."

And it was around four years ago that Ohmori began immersing himself in pencil art.

"Ever since I was young, it was frustrating to see my older brother draw better than me," Ohmori said. "So ever since, I've always been good at art. I studied a bit of drawing in preparation for my entrance exam, and I also saw some high-level art from overseas on social media, which inspired me to draw."
@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

"Ever since I was young, it was frustrating to see my older brother draw better than me," Ohmori said. "So ever since, I've always been good at art. I studied a bit of drawing in preparation for my entrance exam, and I also saw some high-level art from overseas on social media, which inspired me to draw."

And yes, his works are drawn entirely with pencil.

"I think using color like paints will broaden your range of art," Ohmori said. "But I think using pencils, which everyone is familiar with, can better convey what I'm doing. It's just shading with white and black, so I can also concentrate on the details."
@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

"I think using color like paints will broaden your range of art," Ohmori said. "But I think using pencils, which everyone is familiar with, can better convey what I'm doing. It's just shading with white and black, so I can also concentrate on the details."

Sorry, but we just aren't over this: IT'S ALL PENCIL.

What's Ohmori's secret? "Regardless of what you're drawing, concentrate on a single part of the paper and render faithfully," he said. " And keep adding to it. If you break it up it's not difficult, so it's about patience and time. I'm also very meticulous, and that's a big advantage."
@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

What's Ohmori's secret? "Regardless of what you're drawing, concentrate on a single part of the paper and render faithfully," he said. " And keep adding to it. If you break it up it's not difficult, so it's about patience and time. I'm also very meticulous, and that's a big advantage."

You can see more of Ohmori's work on Instagram.

Plus, he's also crowdfunding money for future projects. We can't wait to see what he'll do next.
@kohei6620 / Via Twitter: @kohei6620

Plus, he's also crowdfunding money for future projects. We can't wait to see what he'll do next.

This post was translated from Japanese.

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