There’s magic in the pencil

I’ve worked with pencil all my life (standardize tests, crossword puzzle victories, chewing on erasers, etc.) and I’ve even sketched a little with them (and by “sketching” I mean doodling while I’m on the phone), but I’ve never known a pencil to do this:

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This is artwork from T.S. Abe. She sketches portraits of fictional everyday people using pencil art. However, she does it with such precise shading and detail that the pictures look like black-and-white photos. I could say more, but I think it’s best if I follow the philosophy that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and let you look instead

This one is my absolute favorite. How does she get it so that it looks so much like a photo?!

Wow. Just wow.

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