If someone were to tell you that they struggled to tell the difference between hand-drawn art and photography, you could be forgiven for thinking that they were long overdue a visit to their optician. Well that was until the rise of hyperealism, an art style that challenges existing concepts of free-hand drawing. Put simply, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between these drawings and a real object, there’s just so much detail and attention to lights and shading.

Italian illustrator and graphic designer Marcello Barenghi is just one of a handful of artists garnering a lot of attention online with his hyper-realistic drawings. Barenghi’s work include everything from decks of cards and potato chip bags to fried eggs and paper money that will have you doubting your own eyes. Join us after the jump for a selection of this artist’s fantastic, ultra-realistic work.

Some of Barenghi’s illustrations are in fact inspired by Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama, whose artwork includes highly realistic chrome-plated gynoids in suggestive poses and the Sony AIBO robotic pet. Looking at the Italian illustrator’s finished artwork, it is quite incredible to think that his realistic drawings started off as mere sketches.

But without a breakdown of the process involved, who wouldn’t be a little skeptical as to the authenticity of these pictures? Thankfully, Barenghi films every step of the creation of his drawings, so we can see them coming to life and springing out of the page with our own eyes.

Barenghi’s ultra-realistic reproduction of a 50 Euro banknote


Coming along nicely!


Wait a minute, are you sure this isn’t real?


The detail is absolutely stunning!


And the finished article. Time to get down the shops and spend it!


Next, the illustrator draws a deck of cards: Looking much like a sketch at this stage.


A bit more realistic.


Wow! It’s taking on a completely different form.


Such realism from a human hand!


Anyone for a game?


And the finished product in its full glory. Again, quite astounding don’t you think?


And if you’re still a little curious, why not check out the videos themselves below!

1. Playing cards

2. Fifty Euro note

3. Potato chips bag

4. Fried egg

5. Pepsi can

Source: Kopipe Sokuhou
Images: YouTube