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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:13 PM

Portraits of perfection: No, they're not photos, but pencil drawings by a young genius...



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270595/From-Beyonce-Mother-Teresa-Kelvin-Okafors-incredible-drawings-look-just-like-digital-photos.html

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Reply Portraits of perfection: No, they're not photos, but pencil drawings by a young genius... (Original post)
gateley Jan 2013 OP
riverbendviewgal Jan 2013 #1
2pooped2pop Jan 2013 #2
HappyMe Jan 2013 #3
ChisolmTrailDem Jan 2013 #4
Flashmann Jan 2013 #5
JNelson6563 Jan 2013 #6
maxsolomon Jan 2013 #7
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #8
maxsolomon Jan 2013 #9
alfredo Jan 2013 #11
2on2u Jan 2013 #10
progressoid Jan 2013 #12
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #14
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #13
immoderate Jan 2013 #18
Mortos Jan 2013 #15
sheshe2 Jan 2013 #16
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #17
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #20
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #19

Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:15 PM

1. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K & R

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:15 PM

2. wow! n/t

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:17 PM

3. Yup, that's a genius!

Incredible!

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:18 PM

4. Incredible! eom

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:21 PM

5. That's nothing short of amazing!!!

I would have bet serious money that any of those were photographs.......

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:22 PM

6. Absolutely brilliant!

It makes me so happy to see he is on his way to a bright new life. Inspiring!

Julie--who cannot draw anything more complex than a stick figure

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:23 PM

7. Photorealist drawings of celebrities do not make one a "genius"

They make one a remarkably talented, skilled draftsman.

Sorry, but a Genius breaks forms, invents the new. Photo realism is 50+ years old. "Genius" is overused.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:26 PM

8. I agree. He's just copying something. Amazingly skillfully. But it's not genius.

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 02:39 PM

9. I hate being a spoilsport

But that word...

Beethoven was a Genius. Picasso. Davinci. Coltrane. Hendrix.

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:26 PM

11. Let's just say that he has an incredible connection between hand and eye.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 03:11 PM

10. The Living Camera.... is this genius or just "copying"?

 

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:29 PM

12. Yup.

I've known a lot of people talented at the craft, but few that can transcend the mechanical act.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:43 PM

14. could be he is autistic....that level of painstaking obsessive detail would be pretty typical

I'm blown away by the work but I wouldn't call it genius either.
On Edit---I shouldnt have commented without reading first......it doesn't seem that he's autistic. I need to see the video and read the article in depth to get a better understanding.

Anyway. ..here's the rest of my original post, which is still interesting. IMO


There's a woman with severe autism who paints real works of autustic genius. Combines obsessive detail with fantasy colors and idiosyncratic symbolism to create strange and breathtaking dreamworlds.
Her mother wrote two incredibly eloquent, insightful and powerful books about her and about the experience of raising her.

The second book is called "Exiting Nirvana" and contains prints of some of her work. Amazing.
You can google the book and learn more.

.... I can't remember the name of the first book. Haven't read the first one yet but I've read the second ones about three times so far. I think I've had it about ten years now.

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 04:29 PM

13. Jeez, gately!

The drawings are simply amazing! No matter how long you stare at them, your mind has trouble believing they are anything but a photograph!

PS...no it is not just coping!

Great find!
Thank you!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:09 PM

18. They actually are photographs.

I believe he is using a technique called pencil printing. The tip off is, he needs to work from a photograph.

He puts a negative in an enlarger, and projects it on a blank sheet of paper. Then, using a pencil, he fills in the paper until it all looks like the same tone. And it's finished. The lightest parts of the negative get the most density.

When you turn on the lights, you have a photographic print, except done with a pencil.

I have done a few of these and even when I explain how it's done, people think I'm a great artist. I can't draw.

Notice that you never see the guy doing the work.

--imm

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:01 PM

15. Genius

gen·ius
/ˈjēnyəs/
Noun

1. Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.
2. A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect: "musical genius".

Yeah, he is, by definition, a genius. Jesus Christ what does one have to do to impress some folks here?

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Response to Mortos (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 05:24 PM

16. +1

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Response to Mortos (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:43 PM

17. Ain't that the truth...

Methinks there may be some frustrated "artists" in this thread.

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Response to Mortos (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:07 PM

20. See the post above yours regarding "pencil printing".

Look, "Genius" is the difference between invention, creativity, and skill. The difference between Joe Satriani (virtuostic technical skill) and Jimi Hendrix (new techniques, new expression, soul). Sure, the blizzard of notes that Satriani plays is impressive, but that doesn't mean he's a Genius. He's a Virtuoso.

You want to use the word "Genius" so broadly, go ahead. I want there to be some differentiation. Virtuoso, Savant, these aren't bad words, and they're more accurate here. At least to this "Frustrated Artist Who Is Just Jealous".

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Response to gateley (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:35 PM

19. beautiful

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