Consider Your Mind Blown. The Phenomenally Realistic Graphite Drawings of Kelvin Okafor.

Kelvin Okafur pencil drawings
above: graphite drawing in progress by Kelvin Okafor

Kelvin Okafor describes himself as a “Passionate penciled artist. Highly interested in detail and precision.” I’d say that’s an understatement once you see the phenomenally realistic graphite drawings created by this UK Illustrator. As astounding as the finished pieces are (it’s truly difficult to discern whether or not they are photographs until you look extremely closely), the evolution of the drawings shown on his blog, and as videos on his YouTube channel, will blow your mind.

Kelvin Okafor Pencil Drawings

The work of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
above, clockwise from top left: Timeless, Undeviating and Mana drawings by Kelvin Okafor

I’m sharing my five favorite finished works of his along with some images of his work in progress for you to see what I’m talking about. He almost always begins with the eyes and finishes with the clothing. His ability to render hair is beyond compare. My mind is blown and after viewing these yours will be, too.

Mana
His second drawing of model Mana.
Medium: Graphite pencils/Charcoal/black coloured pencil/on sketching paper.
Pencil brand – Faber-Castell
Paper type – Acid Free Cartridge paper 17 x 24 inches

The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
In progress:
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
Final drawing of Mana on board:
Mana, pencil drawing by Kevin Okafor

“Undeviating” (Emmanuel)
A drawing of model Emmanuel, entitled “Undeviating”
Medium: Graphite pencils/black charcoal/black coloured pencil/on sketching paper.
Pencil brand – Faber-Castell
Paper type – Acid Free Cartridge paper 18 x 22 inches

The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
In progress:


Final drawing of Undeviating (Emmanuel) on board:
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here

Aisha II
His second drawing of Aisha.
Medium: Graphite pencils/black charcoal/black coloured pencil/on sketching paper.
Pencil brand – Faber-Castell
Paper type – Acid Free Cartridge paper 17 x 24 inches

The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
In progress:



Final drawing of Aisha II on board:
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here

“Timeless” (Jamal)
A drawing of model Jamal, entitled “Timeless.”
Medium: Graphite pencils/black charcoal/black coloured pencil/on sketching paper.
Pencil brand – Faber-Castell
Paper type – Acid Free Cartridge paper 17 x 24 inches
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
In progress:



Final drawing of Timeless (Jamal) on board:
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here

Adam II
His second drawing of Adam.
Medium: Graphite pencils/black charcoal/black coloured pencil/on sketching paper.
Pencil brand – Faber-Castell
Paper type – Acid Free Cartridge paper 15 x 24 inches

The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here
In progress:



Final drawing of Adam II on board:
The realistic pencil drawings of Kevin Okafor on if it's hip, it's here

Kelvin is a graduate from Middlesex University with a B.A. (Hon)s in Fine Art. On his flickr profile he claims that “He aspires to create art as vivid as eyes could see.”

I think he’s done it.

See all of his work over here on his flickr account. 

A big thanks to Vicki Mayer for bringing Kelvin’s work to my attention.

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