25 Incredibly Realistic Drawings By Ivan Hoo

Posted by , Updated on November 24, 2022

If you haven’t heard of Ican Hoo, it’s not that surprising. Ivan Hoo, a 31-year-old artist from Singapore, has become famous just recently. He has loved drawing since he was a child but he actually never studied art – he is completely self-taught! Just a couple of years ago, Ivan decided to improve his drawing skills as he was going to become a full time artist. With just a pencil and pastels, he is able to draw every day items and portraits so realistically that it’s very hard to believe they are not photographs. To see how inhuman his ability to transform real things into drawings is, check out these 25 incredible realistic drawings by Ivan Hoo.


Ivan usually draws on a wooden board, to give his drawings an even more natural look.

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No, this is not a real broken vase. As unbelievable as it seems, it's just a drawing of a broken vase.

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Every day objects are the most common theme for Ivan´s drawings.

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He uses still lives or actual photographs of the objects as models.

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Animal portraits are another favorite subject of this Singaporean artist.

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He has always looked up to realist artists like Audrey Flack, Roberto Bernadi or Julian Beever, and now he is making his own mark.

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It takes him up to 3 days to complete the most elaborated pieces.

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His ability to catch every detail so precisely is mind blowing.

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Drawing a standing wine glass is easy. But what about an overturn glass with spilled wine? No problem for Ivan.

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He likes to capture the motion of liquids.

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Fortunately, all these little accidents are just drawings.

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Including this super realistic Nutella.

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Ivan also likes drawing human portraits.

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He has already tried a self-portrait too.

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When the finished pieces are paired with the actual objects depicted in the drawings, it’s tricky to tell which is real and which is the drawing.

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Ivan has been self-studying anamorphic drawing which helps him create meticulously detailed art pieces.

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Now, seriously, which of these two cups is real? Or have both of them been drawn? Hard to say.

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Ivan often uses a basic pencil for the preparatory sketch.

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Then, he adds colorful pastels.

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Ivan started to experiment with wooden board when drawing portraits but now he uses wood for most of his drawings.

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As a model, he sometimes uses a picture from his laptop.

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Even his drawings of people look more like photographs with every tiny detail immaculately captured.

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Ivan has successfully mastered larger scale drawings as well.

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Many of his portraits are just black and white.

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But it´s the colorful anamorphic drawings that look the most life-like.

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