Is Photorealism Art?

Kate Brinkworth

Or is it highly skilled copying?  

I’ve been wondering about this lately as I see a growing trend towards photo/hyper realistic art. The skill to draw or paint at such a level is phenomenal and inspiring but if you’re just recreating a photograph on canvas what is it that makes it artistic? Is it one’s skill in being able to reproduce realistic images in ones chosen medium or is there more to it? 

Chuck Close

Daryl Gortner

Phil Schirmer

Gottfried Helnwein

The Perfect Fit

Dahlia (wip)

I’ve been feeling a bit constrained by the size of the artist cards I’ve been doing. So lately I’ve been mulling over doing larger pieces. In the past I’ve done 9×12, 8×10 and 8×6, all of which are small pieces in the art world but when you’re doing pointillism with .20mm nibs, it can feel like your trying to draw a picture as large as your living room. It’s tedious and slow work. I don’t want to take forever just to finish one piece and for some time artist cards have worked tremendously well…until now. I want a little more room. So last night I dusted off my trusty cutting board and got to slicing up some drawing paper to find the perfect size. I’ve already determined that anything over 8×6 is a bit exasperating for my patience. 2.5×3.5 is the smallest I can go. I tried a 5×7 but that still seemed a bit too much. Then I tried a 4×6 and that fit just perfectly. So here’s my latest drawing that I’m working on called “Dahlia” on 4×6 Bristol board. 

The Awe Of Ballpoint

Enam Bosokah

So, as previously mentioned I now have gotten into sketching with a ballpoint pen, which was the missing piece for me in actually enjoying sketching. Since then I’ve done some internet exploring and have come across some amazing artwork created with just a ballpoint pen. Now I’m not going to jump off of doing pointillism art and start working with just a ballpoint, that’s not going to happen. But I’m completely awe struck with what some artists can do with just a simple  pen that you can pick up in the stationary aisle at any store. 

Here are two amazing artists, Enam Bosokah and Mostafa Desha, who have created some awe inspiring, photorealistic drawings in ballpoint. (I could only find an online profile for Bosokah.)

Enam Bosokah


Mostafa Desha

Drawing Up Greetings

Been on a DIY kick lately. First journals now greeting cards…well, partially. I have four special women in my life; a mom, a grandma, a step mom and a mother in law, all of who I wanted to send a card to for this Mother’s Day. But after visiting my local card store, I couldn’t justify paying $4.99 or more for 4×6, pre-messaged cards that only halfway expressed what these ladies mean to me and that will eventually end up in the recycle bin. So I opted for some blank ones, that were $2-3 a piece and drew up my own messages. My calligraphy skills aren’t that good and I kinda felt a bit elementary while doing them but I really hope they like the cards. 😊