Amazingly, these are drawings made with ballpoint pens, not a photograph
A STUNNING portrait made with standard Bic ballpoint pens on paper took its Portuguese creator 30 hours to complete: and he is not even a professional artist.
An amazing detailed drawing of a Russian model by 29-year-old lawyer Samuel Silva has been praised by readers of the popular online community deviantART.
The picture, titled Redhead Girl, has received more than 3000 comments, ranging from amazement to incredulity.
"Just a lawyer? You're far much more", commented prittySmiles. "I love seeing people use their talents in unconventional ways, and this beauty is proof that you don't need fancy supplies to make art. Thanks for the inspiration."
Link to more of artist's work: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/gallery-e6frer9f-1226456754901?page=1
In his profile on DeviantART, Silva describes himself as "just a self taught patient hobbyist person."
The part-time artiest has been drawing, sculpting and painting since he was two years old.
As he has developed his ballpoint technique, his pictures have won an increasingly passionate following.