Bringing his imagination to life, South African contemporary artist Jono Dry creates breathtaking pencil drawings that blur the line between photorealism and surrealism. Yes, all these photograph-like sketches are made using a graphite pencil and likely to be mistaken as real photos.
The incredible attention to detail with a surrealist view point makes these artworks absolutely stunning and conceptually compelling. Jono spends most of his time working on his large-scale drawings that take about 2-3 months to complete a piece.
Considering the life-like details and end results, he creates only 4 to 8 large-scale drawings per year. Most of his artworks feature some often-overlooked characteristics such as delicate folds of the skin and the glisten on a single water drop.
He takes a cue from everything around him and specializes in hyperrealism and surrealism. However, he tries to blend the two into artworks to push the limits of what is real and possible. We’re amazed at his keen observation that he never miss out a single characteristic of an object, although his drawings are often devoid of a background.
Each of his drawings has a dramatic feel, whereas the lack of content lets the viewers impart their own opinions about what the artwork means. You may find out more about his work on his official website and Facebook page.
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