Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The incredible sketches of Nigerian artist, Kelvin Okafor

27 year old Kelvin Okafor is a graduate of Fine Art, Middlesex University and is now making waves across the world with his incredible pencil drawings that looks like photographs.

Kelvin creates each piece only in black and white, using graphite pencils, charcoal, and black coloured pencil. He's exhibited at numerous major art galleries and won several national awards for his remarkable work. His work is currently on display at the The Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair at the London Science Museum, until February 3.

Kelvin writes on his blog:
'I aspire to create art as vivid as eyes could see. I want my drawings to prompt an emotional response, making viewers feel as though they are looking at a real live subject. I’ve always been creative, but fell in love with using pencils in particular. 
It amazed me, that with only one shade of lead, you can create so many tones and textures, and almost create the illusion of colour. It was only when my images started to create a buzz with other Middlesex University students that I realised their impact.'
See more of his sketches after the cut...




 
 
 
 
 

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Anonymous said...

Wow dis is nice!God bless him wit more talent

Willow said...

This is amazing!

Dimmaonuorah said...

E make sense no b small.................always wanted t b an artist

Anonymous said...

World class *I can paint a picture with a pencil in m.I's voice* zobie

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe but i believe sha

Anonymous said...

OMG Amazing!

shelly bee said...

Dayum!!!

Anonymous said...

Jesusssss oooooo, give my offspring such talent and more. The princess Diana one killed me, completely knocked my socks off. Beyonce one is a lower quality but guess thats when he was just starting. Heath ledger, rihanna, Amy winehouse, all perfect. Wowwwww. May God bless this young man and continue to m

Anonymous said...

This is lovely and a good job well done whao cant just believe it was a sketch job with a pencil at that, this is rilly a raw talent. May God keep u and make u achieve ur motives in life Amen

Patrick said...

This is great!

Michelle Emiaha said...

Wow! So this is a sketch. What a bundle of talent. Wish i had it.

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Anonymous said...

wow!this is a difficult task. excellent!

Anonymous said...

Dis is amazing. I knw Niaja got talent. God bless u dearly. Seeing dis made me forget all my sorrows. Indeed deres lite @ d end of the tunnel.

Anonymous said...

this guy is a genius. incredible works from him.

Anonymous said...

U re indeed blessed.

Anonymous said...

A mans gift wld mk room 4 him,urs indeed has n wld continue.u shall stand b4 kings n nt mare men.

Anonymous said...

My brother wey down, just show then that your from igbo land. you are using your telent well.

Anonymous said...

I love ur work. God bless u dearly

SAPPHIRE said...

Incredible,whaoooo this looks so real,bravo.

Segunsd said...

Amazing! Its a pro to achieve this flawless sketch. Thumbs up kelvin.

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Anonymous said...

Mind blowing. Keep it up bro.

Matin Leon said...

Good work

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hw did u even get d glose on deir lips. God pls help dis young man move forward 4eva in life. Ur talent is spectacular

Anonymous said...

D guy is good in wat he does

Anonymous said...

Good work

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!!!speechless

julit said...

God bless you Kelvin. There'll never be another like you

Anonymous said...

Kudos Kelvin,dis is marvelous.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Super talented! Yippie. He went to my school! Up middlesex!!!!

Anonymous said...

These are wonderful sketches! What a great gift! I'm about to google about for his blog!

LINDA said...

Dang! This kid is super talented. They look live. Amazing work bruh!

Anonymous said...

WHAT A TALENT. THANK GOD HE'S NOT IN NIGERIA, HE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP SUCH A HUGE TALENT.

Anonymous said...

He is a rare gem with an amazing talent.

Anonymous said...

Wow! He is extremely talented, can't believe this is all pencil. Wow

Hourayh said...

AWESOME...!

Funkiphied said...

WOW! Speechless...

Doris said..... said...

The art works looks so real!! He is quite a genius...

Visages Parfait said...

Jesus!!! Same pencil n charcoal I know????

Anonymous said...

Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!! O My God!!!!!!!!!!! This is pure talent. Pls make a portrait of me O! My darling Kevin. You are blessed. Chei!

Anonymous said...

OMG,nice art work. I love pencil drawings becoz its looks like a black n white picture. Good luck dearie...

Modupsy said...

Wow! I'm in awe

Anonymous said...

This is awesome, can't wait to see my kid brother works like this.....everywhere

Anonymous said...

Wow! This talent

DADDY'SWIFE said...

Dis is really incredible,is dt bey in d second pix,doesnt really look like her,dis guy is a wizard in drawins,nice work.

Lolly said...

Oh my God.

DJ Eska Phine said...

He's good ooooo
Thumbs up bro

BLOGLORD said...

Handsome meets Talent! Amazing!

Anonymous said...

This is incredible, they don't look like drawings.

DJ Eska Phine said...

He's good oooooo
Thumbs up bro

tariot said...

This is exemplary, beasutiful; I avent seen an artist dis good even thou I dated one

Anonymous said...

awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

Kelvin,pls,come and draw me now pls!I'm very biuriful and I have a monalisa smile.Keep up the good work#Yudy

kay said...

wow... really nice and talented!

Gucchie said...

These are sketches?? Omg! this guy is freaking good! Great work!

Bee Dazzler said...

Common from a Nigerian i Love this....Keep it up

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Gucchie said...

These are sketches?? Omg! This guy is freaking goooood!

Anonymous said...

His works are amazing.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! That's raw talent!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, the man with magic hands!! The guy is simply a genius. I love them all.

Anonymous said...

His works are amazing

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Anonymous said...

beautiful sketches, extremely talented artist, good to know he is Nigerian, God bless him, am sure if he was here his talent would have been squashed, more grace to him....Sassy Stardust.

Anonymous said...

This is incredible........i could barely believe it.
My dear thumbs up.....the sky is ur starting point......keep the ball rolling

Rhipple said...

This is so AMAZING!!! Rhipple Media

Joe said...

Wow! this is really incredible, an Amazing work, a genus among us! keep it up bro!

Hope said...

Amazing Talent I must say. Nigerians are talented people. I'm glad He is making a positive Impact

Anonymous said...

He gud.

Anonymous said...

WOW, he's really talented

Anonymous said...

Well done kelvin! Creativity at its best

Anonymous said...

Hiya Linda, went to the blog of Kelvin Okafor and saw some his drawings. Very impressive. But could not find drawings of Rihanna, Princess Di and 2 others as shown on your blog. When I saw them compared to the others, they looked like photographs. Please I stand corrected if they are his drawings but hope you did not import some pictures...

barbie jagz said...

This is almost unbelievable! It really does create d illusioN of colour, wat a talentd soul, God bless u dear

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is amazing. Keep it up bro

Anonymous said...

Amazing

Anonymous said...

wow....that's all i can say

Anonymous said...

OMG this guy is a pro. This is raw & un diluted talent. Wax strong & make Nigeria proud. I've fallen in love with ur works & ur talent. U are indeed blessed with fingers. B. O.

Anonymous said...

Damn!! Dis guy is GOOD!!

Chidozie Mario said...

This is amazing, the sketches look so real.
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Just Me said...

this guy is awesome.....wow!!!

Tina Dennis said...

omg! beautiful....

Anonymous said...

WOW!!

Anonymous said...

He is talented!!! Wow!! Pls come nd marry me #coverface#

Anonymous said...

Linda who is Toolz dating? she has been tweeting about a special person in her life for a while o!
We want to know who the special person is? i am relying on you to get this jist!

Anonymous said...

Wow

Anonymous said...

Oh my goshhhhh....dis guy is so creative...what a genius...Linda,did u mean all dis are drawn and not photograph?? Woww..#still looking at dat Riri's own...lol

Anonymous said...

Simply Amazing... And I say that as an artist @nicxxs

Etebanks said...

This is definitely FINE art. #omonaija. For the right reasons

Anonymous said...

If indeed he really used pencil for d Amy winehouse,mother Teresa, rihanna, Princess Di and d last one...
den he is a Genius cos those ones look like photos...
D beyonce, coleen bailey Ray ones look like monsters..
He made Beyonce look like d Ugliest woman in d world!!
Instead of d opposite!
But kudos 2 him..
He is good...
Billie jean

Anonymous said...

Wow!!!...he is sooooooooo good and cute....God bless his handwork...pls Linda tell us if he is single or married..

Anonymous said...

Talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....

Anonymous said...

This boy is a genius, ur great boyyy, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Is this really real? This guy is half human and half something else

Anonymous said...

Awesome that's all i can say!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

wow...this is really amazing! so incredible!

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Wow..... They look so so good! Look so much like real photographs. This is talent! Kudos!!

Chinemerem said...

WOW that is all i can say.Well gifted

@emeka_chidi said...

my God! the paintings look so real. this guy is an asset... glad 2 knw that unique talents like dis can come out of Nigeria

adaowerri 1 said...

Amazing!!! Esp that of Rihanna. Looks way too real. Thumbs up bro

S̶̲̥̅̊W̶̲̥̅̊E̶̲̥̅̊E̶̲̥̅̊T̶̲̥̅̊S̲̅ H̶̲̥̅̊O̶̲̥̅̊N̶̲̥̅̊E̶̲̥̅̊Y̶̲̥̅̊. S̶̲̥̅̊U̶̲̥̅̊G̶̲̥̅̊A̶̲̥̅̊R̶̲̥̅̊ said...

OOOhhh mmmmyyy Gooooodddddd!!!!! Unbelievable!

W̶̲̥̅̊н̣̣̣̝̇̇̇@̤̥̣̈̊̇†̥̣̣̣̇̇̇ Ά̲̣̥ creative being.....S̲̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴͡ drawing Ŵi̶̲̅τ such pencils culd actually come out real ℓi̶̲̥̅ke Ά̲̣̥ picture? Hmmmm.....Gôd̶̲̥̅̊ Ȋ̊§ great! Weldone bro!

bitchplis said...

Wow!!! Dis guy is damn good...keep it real boy we r proud u!!!

Anonymous said...

wow gifted child... thank God for the western world if not, that's a talent that would have gone to the grave with its owner SMH for 9ja...

Dmotive said...

speechless, thats all i can say.

Dobby said...

WoW!!!! Now this is what i call raw talent......Jeez!!!Amazing!

Bern said...

Thank you Lord for manifesting ur self in this Man. The pics are more than goooooood. the hardest there to sketch might be mother theresa of calcuta.

Temitope said...

Breathtaking,welldone bro

tynu said...

Raw talent! Am impressed. Looks very real. God bless u dear.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a genius! Read it takes up to 100 hours to complete a picture and each sells for about 10,000 pounds. A man's gift maketh way for him indeed.

Oma Baby said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. Good work Kelvin. I've neva seen anytin like dis. Ur sketches luk soooo real. Wow. God bless u real good.

Anonymous said...

r u kidding me?dese sketches r to die for.i totally love a man dat can draw....*wink*

Maggie said...

Very lovely, since his works are displayed in London, i wished the painting of Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge was given to him, he would have done a better job than that artist that made kate look dreamy and like the 1600's painting.

Dee said...

WOW!!!!!!!!! AMAZING TALENT.NICE PICS

Anonymous said...

This is who I wanted to be... Awesome

Anonymous said...

See the wonderful work of art...spot d difference btw dis and a real photograph...

suky ambrose said...

Wow... This is talents at its best.. God gv dis guy a huge gift

S̶̲̥̅̊W̶̲̥̅̊E̶̲̥̅̊E̶̲̥̅̊T̶̲̥̅̊S̲̅ H̶̲̥̅̊O̶̲̥̅̊N̶̲̥̅̊E̶̲̥̅̊Y̶̲̥̅̊. S̶̲̥̅̊U̶̲̥̅̊G̶̲̥̅̊A̶̲̥̅̊R̶̲̥̅̊ said...

U̶̲̥̅̊ ds stupid girl Ode ni e sha! Dunno W̶̲̥̅̊н̣̣̣̝̇̇̇@̤̥̈̊t U̶̲̥̅̊'r A̶̲̥̅ŁWA̶̲̥̅YS feeling ℓi̶̲̥̅ke....J̲̥̅̊u̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊t̲̥̅̊ A̶̲̥̅ŁWA̶̲̥̅YS feeling ℓi̶̲̥̅ke Ά̲̣̥ talker.....and for all i knw U̶̲̥̅̊ talk shit!

Which Ȋ̊§ he made beyonce LƠ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡K ℓi̶̲̥̅ke T̶̲̥̅ђe̶̲̥̅̊ ugliest.....W̶̲̥̅̊н̣̣̣̝̇̇̇@̤̥̣̈̊̇†̥̣̣̣̇̇̇ can U̶̲̥̅̊ do or W̶̲̥̅̊н̣̣̣̝̇̇̇@̤̥̣̈̊̇†̥̣̣̣̇̇̇ Hλ√ƺ U̶̲̥̅̊ eva achieved all ЧЯ miserable-low life!

All U̶̲̥̅̊ knw Ȋ̊§ to bad mouth evrytn D̶̲̥̅̊α† comes ЧЯ miserable way! Ode omo abule jatiti! Ngbeke feeling fly! Mtcheeeeeeeeew!

Gloria Aniagolu said...

ALL I CAN SAY IS "WOW"

TimiG said...

How is he a Nigerian Artist?...On his own blog and at the Cork street winter show he called himself a British artist!

Anonymous said...

These drawings look real, this guy is a genuis

Anonymous said...

How is he a Nigerian Artist?...On his own blog and at the Cork street winter show he called himself a British artist!

Rukevwe said...

God bless this talent.

So amazing...

gulayetty said...

THIS IS A GIFT FROM GOD.ONE CANNOT BUT WONDER HOW WONDERFUL OUR GOD IS TO HAVE GIVEN THIS KIND OF NEAR PERFECT GIFT TO MEN
THANK YOU JESUS

LESE said...

Absolutely breath taking!

Anonymous said...

Wow! this is really beautiful. Aman's gift indeed makes room for him before kings

Anonymous said...

Well if someone is born in Britain, what does that make them?? British!!! He is of Nigerian parentage so that makes him a Nigerian!

Lol!!! Some people lack intelligence!

Anonymous said...

Jezzzz see talent God pls help me discover mine is never too late am 22yrs.dis is amazing

Anonymous said...

God is good. Looking at the picturs almost made tears of joy come out of my eyes.this is talent beyond money. I reaLly wish to c his hand at work. God abeg give my kids this kind of talent

Stargal said...

beautifulllllll

Anonymous said...

PURE TALENT...

Adaeze Obi said...

Now dats some talent yo!

Anonymous said...

His pics sell for 10,000 pounds each....big boi.......

Naijarian said...

Damn! The boy good...

chinwe amara said...

this is really really incredible. rare talent.

Nutty J. said...

Wow!!! And he didn't trace them?

This is miraculous.

Anonymous said...

Dey actually look like pictures,amazing!!!!!!! More grease Kev.zurielle loves.

Okezie Kingsley said...

Absolutely fabulous!

Anonymous said...

one word - "supppperrr". this is very very impressive...i love art and i love this guy's work... pls give us contact details....

Anonymous said...

*MOUTHWIDEOPEN*.......THIS IS INCREDIBLE

Anonymous said...

Its not our ordinary 2B pencil

Naijarian said...

Damn! Why me i no get this kind talent? Imagine how many ladies would have been queuing up for nude drawings...

Anonymous said...

amazing!!!

Ijaybaby said...

Guys I just found him on facebook. You would be amazed by his drawings. Check him out. Search for Kelvin Okafor Art on facebook or click http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelvin-Okafor-Art/109909719036016

Anonymous said...

WAT IS GUD IS GUD !!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow...

Anonymous said...

ode!!

Lisa said...

It is people like him who makes one proud to be Nigeria. Well done to him.

SOULJACHIC said...

THIS DUDE IS TALENTED! Geez!

I hope he actually makes as much money as he deserves from this.
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Anonymous said...

this guy must be frm another planet..

Anonymous said...

AWWWWW SO NICE,,,,,,GOD BLESS THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS

Senera said...

Amen... Incredible talent

Anonymous said...

wooow pure talent..marry me plz

Anonymous said...

who told u is Nigerian? we have Okafor in our country too fools

Anonymous said...

So proud of this fellow Naija brother.

曾凯 said...

This represents Nigeria positively, Kelvin Okafor and his talent. Not the thrash that Cossy and (to a lesser extent)Tonto represent. BIG UPS TO U KELVIN.

Anonymous said...

Wow dis is amazingly unique.

Anonymous said...

Whao! God bless ur handwork bro! That's how IGBOS roll!

chinwe amara said...

Just checkout his blog now, abeg the guy is good, this is pure raw talentn ride on bro, haters go and hug transformer

Mama somtee said...

Laughing. Out loud ----- agbaya ni eeeh

Anonymous said...

He has got gifted hands

Chikaka said...

Kai see correct talent.

MOCHA said...

aww. Heath ledger. still hurts

Anonymous said...

Beyond believe

cara milano!!! said...

Wow! Hz good!!

Agbolade 'shile said...

TRULY AMAZING

Anonymous said...

Dude is good #shikenan

ogechi nsimah said...

Waiting ,linda what are u saying? U mean this is an art work? Jeeeeez what a gift! Awesome God ... May God bless u Kelvin u will stand b4 kings , Please God I want my kids to have such gift that will make them to stand b4 kings

Anonymous said...

pipo from Calaber eat dogs sick pipo

ladi_tikko said...

very creative.

Kass Babs said...

@ Linda- babe 4get this guy is raw talent

Anonymous said...

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT...come draw me biko.

Gkay said...

oH MY PRECIOUS GOODNESS!!!woww See talent! *mouth open! I thank Almighty for talent.

Anonymous said...

dis is incredibly amazing!

Anonymous said...

Goose pimples... OmG dis guy is d ishhhhhh!!! Pheew!
His work is freaking detailed. U could almost wana touch em!
Talent is sth God gives us. Most pple just throw it away.

Anonymous said...

Simply Amazing!! Good job Kelvin and continue to find favour in the eyes of the Almighty!








adah said...

If only my mother would allow me to explore my hidden talents...but NO I must gather Bsc, Masters and doctorate degrees to be 'well respected' :(

DE said...

There are alot of Nigerians with amazing skill and talent but no one to discover or encourage them, am sure if he was in Nigeria, he would have changed his mind and gone to pursue bank work.

Anonymous said...

You did not notice Mother Theresa abi? She is not your kind of person.

dami said...

so so hard to believe really, this guy has got a rare talent... big up to him.

Njideka Chukwuma said...

No, this can't possibly be drawings!! WOW!!

Anonymous said...

wow... wat a talent

BeeDee007 said...

@ anonymous 3:13pm: go to his Facebook page "Kelvin Okafor Art". Check his complete works.

TimiG said...

Anonymous 3:56pm.....Well if someone is born in Britain, what does that make them?? British!!!..........Please crawl back to your cave...just so you know being born in Britain doesn't make you British you muppet! ..as much as his talent is admirable, he has identified himself as British, so why unnecessarily celebrate him as a Nigerian?

Ada said...

I'm impressed, great job Kelvin!

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Anonymous said...

this is perfection at its peak!

Anonymous said...

Discover your talent people and stop wasting time on social media . Everybody got talents !

Nnoli Vitalis said...

Nna mehn! Dis dude is a bunch of genius.

Tsarah! said...

See Tinie Tempah and Rihanna :o:o:o!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing doesn't even cut it! Pure Talent! God bless the work of his hands!

Luksbykel said...

OMG!!!!this is the best i have ever seen.keep it up bro

Gozzy said...

Wow,amazing!i hope he ll go places wit his sketches.

MY TURN said...

I had to go to his site... this guys talent is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Keep it up

A.D said...

.........So amazing yet so sad to watch, I have such talents, buh Naija just aint the place, just yet

A.D said...

....So amazing, yet so sad, I believe I have such talents, buh Naija just aint the place yet. Keep going K

justynblaze said...

OMG..only one word describes this *phenomenal*...i wanna meet u someday

Anonymous said...

It's don jazzy, they're always together

Anonymous said...

Lolzzzzzzz, Linda Ikeji's people will not kill me ohhhhhh

Pregnancy Concierge said...

Lwkmd @ soulja

Anonymous said...

Middlesex is one of the most expensive universities to attend in the UK and most students do not finish according to online info. Living expenses in the highbrow area is another problem for foreign students.

I must congratulate this art genius for being a Middlesex graduate and achiever. I think his Amy Winehouse is the best ever. This guy is the best of his era. Wow! Beware of envious London people. Watch your back. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

None of the UK papers added that he is Nigerian. If na crime matter, they'll capture that as their headline.

Anon said...

Hard to believe that he actually used just different shades of pencils and charcoal to do this. WOW. JUST. WOW.

Anonymous said...

I am a bit confused as to how he achieves this form of real life human sketches does he sketch on pictures that ve already been taken or he looks at d pictures and begins to sketch/draw on a plain paper I really do nt understand because if he starts to sketch or draw from scratch on a plain paper and they look this real I think he is a genius and can be compared to d likes of Picasso Mozart etc pls I need to be enlightened

Anonymous said...

U can afford 10,000pounds/painting????

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