Photo-like Portraits Drawn with Color Pencils

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25-year old American artist, Heather Rooney does her works of art using only a colored pencil and graphite. Rooney is an expert of making her portraits looking like a real photo which can confuse anyone by the first look.

“After the first portrait I drew in my high school art class, I became captivated with the challenge of photorealistic drawing and the meticulous attention to detail that it required,” Heather stated on her website. “The labor-intensive commitment to photorealism caused me to feel driven to continue improving my technique,” she added.

Rooney says that during her college years she spent a majority of her free time drawing portraits with colored pencil. “Being in the age of growing social media platforms, I decided to share my lengthy process online through time-lapse videos.”

Every portrait takes a few hours to complete and each one is exceptional as she make sure that it was perfectly done that is why each looks like the real thing. These drawings will show how real her drawings look like.

#throwback to drawing Maggie a year ago. ☀️🐶 #coloredpencil #goldenretriever

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Colored pencil drawing of Kanika, an Amur leopard who was the first born for her mother Kaia with her partner Akin at Marwell Wildlife in Britain. Kanika, whose name means ‘gold’ in Sanskrit, is about five months old in this drawing (reference photo taken by Chris Godfrey in October 2014). This summer she was moved to Santa Barbara Zoo in California, where there is a future mate for her. (A local sponsor family has given Kanika the name "Ajax" for show purposes at Santa Barbara Zoo.) Amur leopards are one of the world’s most endangered species, with only about 70 in the wild in their natural habitat in Russia’s Far East. I currently have this drawing for sale on my website (Link in bio). I will have prints available for purchase soon. Thank you for your support! Materials: @caran_dache Luminance colored pencils on @strathmoreart 500 series bristol, plate surface. #AmurLeopard #CarandAche #CdArtists #ColoredPencil #Drawing

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