15. Jay Varma – Inner Courtyard(opens in new tab)
Give self-taught artist Jay Varma (opens in new tab) a set of coloured pencils and a piece of paper, and you will undoubtedly get a gorgeous illustration, like this architectural study.
Art runs throughout Varma's family, his grandfather is master oil painter Raja Ravi Varma (opens in new tab) – one of the most highly regarded artists in India.
Varma's skills have been recognised by many, with his work featuring in various prominent publications. In his pencil drawings, Varma pays particular attention to mood and lighting.
16. Linda Huber – Light bulb(opens in new tab)
Linda Huber (opens in new tab) has been practising the art of drawing with a pencil for several decades. Inspired by her surroundings, Huber draws everything from portraiture to inanimate objects, with each piece taking anywhere from 20 to 80 hours.
Huber comments on her site, "Drawing in the style of realism is what I love to do, to recreate life as we see and know it with just a simple pencil is exciting to say the least."
17. Ken Lee – Girl on Fire(opens in new tab)
UK-based artist Ken Lee (opens in new tab) is the man behind this stunning pencil drawing. He was inspired to draw this image, based on the Hunger Games blockbuster Mockingjay (Part 2), as a follow up to a Spider-Man 3 drawing (opens in new tab) that earned him plenty of fans.
The level of detail in this – from the mockingjay bird to the fire effects – proved to be a particular challenge. "I must say I did have reservations about drawing this," he says on his Deviant Art page. "I knew I was in for the long road once I started it... I need a long break now!"
18. Martijn Versteeg – Audrey Hepburn(opens in new tab)
Martijn Versteeg (opens in new tab) is an artist from The Netherlands, who appears to have a soft spot for Audrey Hepburn, judging by the number of portraits he has drawn of the film star.
But, more importantly, he also has massive amounts of talent in the art of pencil drawing. For the past few years, he has also been experimenting with oil painting.
If you're having trouble believing that this is a drawing rather than a photograph, you can watch a making-of time-lapse video above.
19. Keith Moore – Big Ben(opens in new tab)
"I love the challenge of creating small scale hyperrealistic graphite pencil art without compromise," says artist Keith Moore (opens in new tab).
Practising his personal techniques and refining his toolset, Moore has been embracing the liberation of high definition digital photographic referencing. And we think his work is all the better for it.
20. Justin Meyers – A Door in Homer, Nebraska(opens in new tab)
US-based artist Justin Meyers (opens in new tab) specialises primarily in graphite and charcoal drawings on paper. And with this textured old doorway as an example of his work, we can see why.
Talking about his work on his site, Meyers says: "My works in graphite and charcoal strive to explore the use of simple material to portray simple subject matter and composition with a borderline eccentric approach to detail."
21. Dirk Dzimirsky – Magnetic Field(opens in new tab)
German artist Dirk Dzimirsky (opens in new tab) draws and paints the most stunning up-close-and-personal portraits. A master of his craft, the artist captures every bit of fine detail perfectly, from the moisture in his subject's eyes to lines and fine hair.
Although, like most hyperrealist artists, he works from photos, Dzimirsky emphasises that this is only an intermediary step.
"Before I take photos for a new project, I already have a precise idea of how the future work should look as a drawing or painting. I set up the photographs that I then use as templates," he explains.
22. David Kao – Audi R8(opens in new tab)
David Kao (opens in new tab) first started drawing cars when he was just three years old. But it was only at the age of 19, after his father took him to his car garage, that Kao began to take his art and realism seriously.
Now the artist has a stunning portfolio of ultra-realistic car drawings. Included is this gorgeous Audi R8, which Kao created using a graphite pencil, tissue, eraser and brush in approximately 10 hours.