The exquisite photorealistic portraits by Enam Bosokah, an artist hailing from Ghana, are created using a basic ballpoint pen. All these beautiful cyan-toned drawings depict some of the famous African personalities, writers, as well as children and couples. Although classic pen drawings has been done before, but Bosokah’s artwork is simple yet full of details- it almost look real.
On closer look at these picture-perfect portraits, you can see layers of pen marks. Each portrait begins with wide, criss-crossing lines and slowly the work is refined using repetitive motion, which further forms three-dimensional shading effect. The best thing about these detailed drawings is that all of them are full of expressions. From smiling faces to tear-filled eyes, this impressive artwork literally pushes the limit of a simple blue writing instrument.
According to Bosokah, the reason for using a ballpoint pen to create extraordinary sketches is simple:
It sends out a loud message to the African community, one that almost everyone can relate to. I feel that most Africans underestimate themselves to the extent that they do not dare to dream. Just as we do not accord the pen the respect that it deserves, in having played a substantial role in making the great men of our societies today. Let us make every opportunity count.
It’s truly amazing to see how an everyday office tool can create such intricate images, without even uttering a single word. Check out the following images to have a closer look at some of the impeccable ink depictions.