Artist Creates Realistic Portraits Of Pop Culture Icons Using Just His Ballpoint Pen

Inspired by veteran pen artists like Oscar Ukonu and Enam Bosokah, Nigerian law student (and part-time artist) Larry Tamaraemi has carved out a niche for himself by wowing fans with stunning hyperrealistic portraits of some of the world's coolest musicians.

Having attracted over 16,000 followers who are obsessed with his work, Larry's Instagram page is littered with spectacular pen drawings of all your favorite artists – both old and new – including SZA, Michael Jackson, Rihanna and more; each taking him about 20 to 30 hours to complete.

Kendrick Lamar (Photo: Larry Tamara)

Rihanna (Photo: Larry Tamara)

SZA (Photo: Larry Tamara)

Speaking with Konbini about how he discovered his love for art, Larry said:

"I discovered my love for drawing when I was a little boy. I would always draw random nonsense on my father's copy paper while he was studying (he's a lawyer too).

I would always ace my fine-art exams because of my passion for art. I was discouraged by my parents to stop it to focus more on Law, but fortunately, I was inspired to draw again in 2014."

About how he discovered pen art, Larry continued: 

"I started seeing the pen as a medium for creating art in 2016, before that the pencil was my primary art tool.

I got interested when I saw artworks from veteran pen artists, Oscar Ukonu from Nigeria and Enam Bosokah from Ghana.

The shift wasn't too difficult because I had built a good foundation with the pencils already. I just had to be consistent with it to improve."

You can check out the rest of his work on his Instagram.

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