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Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Meet 27-year-old Nigerian that sketches Celebs like real digital photo
Kelvin Okafor, 27, graduated from Middlesex University in fine art and is now making waves across the country. His subjects include popular music artists Tinie Tempah, James Morrison and Adele.
He has also picked out tragic figures from actor Heath Ledger to the late King of Jordan, King Hussein – and with each, he tries to evoke an emotion in the viewer. Finally, he has used friends and colleagues for the impressively accurate images, which look like soft focus digital photos.
Check out more of his works below...
Last year, the artist from Tottenham, north London, exhibited at numerous major art galleries and won a clutch of prestigious national awards for his remarkable work. Each of his pieces takes around 80-100 hours to complete, over approximately three weeks in the studio.
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Mr Okafor creates each piece only in black and white – using graphite pencils, charcoal, black coloured pencil and sometimes grey pastels. Yet he believes that the range of tone, shade and texture is almost endless. He draws on a combination of life and photographs, working on his art for up to 15 hours a day.