The Photograph-Like Ballpoint Pen Drawings of Mostafa Khodeir

Mostafa Khodeir, a talented young artist from Egypt, works on one of his ballpoint pen drawings for up to two months, but the result of his work is downright impressive.

The first time 28-year-old Mostafa Khodeir saw hyper-realistic ballpoint pen drawings, he was speechless, although the artist’s skill level was rather low in hindsight. He decided to try it himself so he started practicing and after a while he started producing really impressive material. Khodeir can spend up to two months on certain drawings, but the result is always impressive.

“I’ve practiced a lot to get to where I am now and I feel like I’ve surpassed the skills of these paintings that I saw with a pen for the first time,” said Mostafa Khodeir.

The hyperrealist was encouraged by his friends to join Twitter in 2018, and the first ballpoint pen drawing he ever posted on the popular social network garnered over two hundred thousand likes. It was a portrait of a baby that remains one of his most amazing drawings ever.

Initially, Khodeir mainly focused on drawing with blue ballpoint pens, but since then he has also used colored pens to great effect. Some of his most recent projects are practically indistinguishable from photographs.

From portraits of icons like the soccer player Mohammed Salah or the late Princess Diana to portraits of random strangers and animals, Mostafa Khodeir’s masterpieces all look like photographs with ballpoint pens.

For more incredibly detailed pen drawings, see the impressive work of Samuel Silva.