Pencil Drawings by an Artist Who Is Addicted to Detail

bright eyed girl, drawing, photorealist by monica lee
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Monica Lee has been a digital artist for 12 years, and she has finally decided to pursue her dream job as an illustrator. She effortlessly pencils complex portraits of freckled girls and guys, many of these art pieces taking 3 to 4 weeks to finish. Some of her drawings are based on pictures by other artists; for example, the girl with glasses by Marteline Nystad. Lee mentions to me her admiration for photography and that her father works in this field. “I grew up appreciating the value of photographs. That’s why I prefer the photo-realist style compared to other styles. And recently, I came across the work of Dirk Dzimirsky and Paul Cadden. Their realism works with just graphite pencils totally blew me away! And I want to be able to do that.”

close-up of girl's eye, by monica lee close-up of man with beard, photorealist by monica lee
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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.