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We’ve all been there before… a dreaded lecture, and one’s mind starts to wander as pencil meets paper to create some nonsensical drawing. Doodling is a favorite pastime of bored students the world over. But when elevated to this level of artistry, we sit up and take notice. Japanese artist Keita Sagaki’s prolific body of (rather time consuming) work is really impressive. Sagaki juxtaposes recreations of well-known fine art pieces with what would otherwise be considered notebook doodles. From a distance these large-scale works (often several feet in length) bear a striking resemblance to such masterpieces as the Mona Lisa, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, and The Last Supper. But upon closer examination, they are actually densely hand-drawn improvised doodles. Sagaki has even been commissioned to apply his unique method of art making to create famous landmarks from around the world. Just amazing.

Via sagakikeita.com

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Um, wow. That’s our initial reaction to the impressive work of Paris-based illustrator Helena Hauss. These days, being a fantastic illustrator isn’t necessarily enough to stand out in a very crowded landscape of creative professionals. Hauss finds her sweet spot in her love of the color blue. A good portion of her work is done with blue ballpoint pens, and the results are stunning. Hauss is detail oriented, and it shows. Hauss explains, “I draw very large pieces of art (usually around 100cm x 70cm) that allow me to really go into details of hair, patterns and typography, all in Bic pens, with bright and contrasted colors. My style of drawing has never been something quite conscious. It just kind of happened, for different reasons that had nothing to do with choice. For example, I have always had a big attraction for the color blue, so much so that all my clothes and accessories were a shade of it, so when I drew I very much liked using blue ink, such as the one found in Bic pens.” Her style is fresh, and her abilities are amazing. We love her work and expect to see more from her in the future.

Via helenahauss.net

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Portugal-based artist (and attorney) Samuel Silva has incredible technical skill with a ballpoint pen, of all things. “It’s not about what you use, it’s about how you use it,” says Silva. Say what you will about the subject matter (some say there is no artistic merit, since he is just copying photos and such), but there’s no denying that this self-taught artist/hobbyist has incredible skills.

Via deviantart.com

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