Perfecting a Girl Named Mana

Drawing realistic asian woman by Kelvin Okafor

Since Kevin Okafor photographs each step of his drawings, you get a glimpse at his technique, and it is impressive how he uses charcoal for the hair—he smudges it, and then with a pen eraser thinly threads and creates highlights. He also uses other materials such as Faber-Castell graphite and black colored pencils.

See also: “Realistic Pencil Drawings,” and “The Hyperrealist Art of Franco Clun.”

Asian Woman Mana. Realistic pen drawing
Detail of the Hair (Mana) by Kelvin Okafor Afro-American Man drawing Close-up of drawing. Afro-American man. Close-up of Asian woman. By Kelvin Okafor
Artwork © Kelvin Okafor

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