Amazingly Realistic Pencil Drawings that Look Just Like Vintage Photos

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.

(via HuffPo and Flavorwire)

Image credits: Photographs by Paul Chiappe

  • Gil Juwu

    That’s beautiful.

  • brob

    that is incredible

  • Guest

    So he’s kind of like a copy machine, but worse?

  • Guest

    fun fact: he seems to be a big fan of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. i can see Stan in two and Oli in one of the pictures.

    can you spot them too? ;)

  • stanimir stoyanov

    That’s hard work.

  • kern

    so you are like a human, but dumber? Learn to read, he is not copying anything….

  • rtfe

    toddler insights are, toddlerish

  • Marcus

    Looks some old “ghost” photographs…well but want a talent..awesome

  • brandon

    laurel and hardy, yes! Hitler, no!