Mental Floss

That's Not A Photograph

Jill Harness

Samuel Silva, a.k.a. DeviantArt user VianaArts, has an exceptional eye for detail, especially when it comes to laying down lines with a ballpoint pen. In fact, the picture above isn't a photograph or even an incredibly realistic painting—it's made with nothing but ballpoint pens.

Like most of us, Samuel Silva occasionally doodled in his notebook while in school, but while most of us quit drawing after we got tired of creating raunchy images in high school, Silva continued to refine and perfect his technique until he was able to master the technique by incorporating a variety of colors into his lifelike creations.