One of the biggest selling points for video games, growing up, were the graphics. Me and my family members were always blown away by impressive visuals.
The problem with graphics is that the initial "wow" factor of seeing them after a while, dissipated. All it took was for a new game to come out with more improved visuals that made what you once admired looked lame in comparison.
Case in point, I present to you the commercial for High Heat Baseball featuring the inimitable Sammy Sosa.
By today's standards, the game looks like laughably bad, something that's highlighted by Sosa hamming up how astounded he is.
But there are some artists out there capable of creating truly lifelike visuals, and not for the purpose of selling baseball simulators.
Like these charcoal drawings from Nigerian artist Chiamonwu Joy.
Just gaze upon these beauties.
No, these aren't black and white photographs! Here she is, drawing the above picture.
Joy took to Twitter to share the art with a simple message. "My name is Chiamonwu Joy, A Nigerian Female Hyper-realistic Charcoal Artist. I draw with charcoal pencils on paper. These are all drawings," she wrote.
With art that looks this good, I mean, explanations just aren't necessary.
People were stunned at Joy's skill.
Wait are you trying to tell me the girl in the second picture is not standing beside you?😭❤️— Adult-ish👅 (@Mide_bams) January 18, 2018
They couldn't believe how realistic her drawings are.
I’ve never seen hyper realistic like this, I can imagine a black & white photo vs her drawing where you would say the photo is not as precise as the drawing— Joe C. (@TopJoec) January 20, 2018
Fellow artists were in utter awe.
As someone who's just finished attempting a photo-realistic portrait using charcoal (partially), I am baffled and intimidated at how good these are. Who do I have to sell my soul to in order to get this good?— Malty Meatia (@maltymeatia) January 19, 2018
Joy shared some more of her drawings that were equally impressive.
Including a step by step process.
The finished product is truly incredible.
Her art exhibits could be marketed as photography galleries and people wouldn't know the difference.
Some people may want to chalk up Joy's work to God given talent, but her peers laud her for her dedication to her craft.
That's right, she is certainly fantastic... Her shirt does not lie.