In a country of 270 million people, no matter what you do you’re bound to get “lost in the crowd”. Luckily for us though, Shierly Lin found her way onto Instagram and YouTube and got the recognition she deserved.
Shierly is an artist focusing on portraits made with graphite pencil, charcoal as well as drawing pens. What makes her portraits special is that they are hyper realistic. Whilst she describes herself as a “self taught realism portrait illustrator”, this is putting it very, very mildly.
The portraits that Shierly draws are indistinguishably similar to photographs of people, given they are in black and white. The detail, lighting and accuracy genuinely rivals a studio photographer’s work.
Whilst Shierly is drawing literally walls-worth of hyper-real portraits, the rest of us are… well, let us quote a YouTube comment on one of her videos which puts it best:
Shierly makes illustrations of many people, from historic politicians:
To some favourite TV show characters / actresses
But one of her favourite things to draw are her Indian Bollywood stars:
From some of Shierly Lin’s posts we’ve determined that it can up to 50+ hours to complete one portrait – so not only does her work take incredible skill but the utmost patience. Truly a fantastic artist!
Here’s one timelapse of her doing her Millie Bobby Brown portrait: