Portraits of perfection: pencil drawings by a young genius

Portraits of perfection: No, they’re not photos, but pencil drawings by a young genius from a tough council estate

  • Subjects range from singers Beyonce and Amy Winehouse to Mother Teresa and Princess Diana
  • Each expressive piece is made using primarily a set of pencils and the occasional stick of charcoal on paper
  • Artist Kelvin Okafor is gaining great acclaim for his incredible work

By Vincent Graff  Published:  31 January 2013  Comments (739)

Kelvin Okafor

Kelvin Okafor

Stare closely at the pictures on this page. What do you think it took to create these beautiful images of Amy Winehouse, Mother Teresa, Princess Diana and Rihanna? An expensive camera, a precision lens, hours of trial and error from a skilled photographer?

Well, the answer is none of the above.

All of these extraordinarily detailed pictures are pencil drawings, created purely by hand — with no digital trickery — by British artist Kelvin Okafor, whose only tools are a set of pencils, a piece of paper and the occasional stick of charcoal (though most of the pictures don’t even require that). Yet no matter how closely one looks, there’s not a pencil line in sight.

The artist’s story is almost as sensational as the pictures he has been producing since he was a teenager who was too poor to leave his house to socialise. Instead of drinking and clubbing, Ofakor, now 27, stayed at home in Tottenham, North London, seeking solace in drawing. Now it looks as if he’s on his way to fame and fortune.

See VIDEO at the end of this article:  Uni graduate Kelvin Okafor reveals just how he creates the extraordinary pencil sketches

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  • Leonard Dabydeen  On February 6, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Remarkable talent !! Rare gift !! The future is full of wonderful shapes and shadows for Kelvin Okafor. God Bless!!

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 6, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Amazing talent!

  • Deen  On February 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Kelvin Okafor is an extraordinary and talented artist. His works of art are incredibaly realistic. As an amateur pencil artist myself during my teenage years, I’m awed by his artistic pieces.

  • de castro  On February 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    incredible ….loved his chosen subjects also..

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