Check out this vintage photo of a halloween party group portrait. It might be hard to believe, but it’s not actually a photograph, but a pencil drawing by 28-year-old Scottish artist Paul Chiappe. He creates insanely detailed artworks that look just like old, fading, blurry, black-and-white photographs from decades ago. The “photos” show family pictures, elementary school class pictures, and even standard yearbook pictures.
What’s even crazier is the fact that Chiappe creates his drawings on a very small scale. Some of them are as small as 2×4 centimeters, but all of them are the size of the tiny pictures you might find hidden in the corners of your grandma’s attic.
Here are some more of his amazing pieces:
In an interview with the Scotsman in 2008, Chiappe stated,
I tend to work very slowly, to try not to breathe too much when I’m producing the piece so my hand’s not shaking all over the place. It’s a very long process. The tiny single heads, you do need a magnifying glass to look at them. Some of them are so small that people can’t even see them using a magnifying glass, but they are actually there.
You can follow his work by visiting the “drawings” page on his website. The “news” page also lists his current exhibitions, in case you’d like to have a peep of the actual drawings with your own eyes.
Image credits: Photographs by Paul Chiappe