24 outrageously realistic pencil drawings

A very realistic pencil drawing of a cat
(Image credit: Paul Lung)

Realistic pencil drawings, and hyper realistic pencil drawings, can truly leave people truly stunned. A skillful use of shading and fine details in pencil, usually in black and white, can create images so realistic that people can't believe they aren't photographs. And at the same time, some of them have a surreal or atmospheric quality that's quite distinct from photography.

Our roundup of the best realistic pencil drawings below includes celebrity portraits, animals, natural scenes, everyday objects and famous landmarks. The breadth of subjects means you should find no shortage of inspiration for your own work (see our guides to the best pencils or best mechanical pencils if you're inspired).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.