I see a LOT of hyper-realistic work these days, but when I ran across these creations by Ivan Hoo, they actually fooled me for a minute. Look at the two Starbucks cups below and you’ll see what I mean (no they’re not the same).
The self-taught Singaporean artist works with regular plywood boards, using colored pencils, pastels and ink to make his animals and objects pop from their timber background. He makes frequent use of the wood grain and implied transparency to create a convincing reality.
“I always love to draw realistic art or artworks that tease the eyes and the brain,” Hoo wrote on Bored Panda. “By working on wood, it gives me a lot of dimension and ideas to create something close to reality and it works really well with pastels, too.”