Russian Street Artist Draws Realistic Portraits In One Hour (30 Pics)

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We have all seen street artists who hand-sketch quirky and exaggerated caricatures or photorealistic live portraits on the spot, perhaps you even have one of these artworks of yourself from your last holiday. Although these artists might be underappreciated because of the nature of their work, a talent and years of practice that goes into mastering portrait drawings are undeniable and worth recognition.

There aren‘t two same faces in the world. And before you think about twins, let me remind you that not even two sides of one face are symmetrical. This makes the work of a top-notch Saint Petersburg based street artist extremely admirable. Originally from Cheboksary, Nikolay Yarakhtin has been transferring every unique feature of different faces onto blank canvas using just a pencil for 28 years.

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“It takes me about an hour to make a portrait. Looking at the excitement of my clients seeing their portraits brings me a lot of joy and inspires me,” the gifted artist, who has met a much larger and diverse audience on the streets of Saint Petersburg than any gallery could ever host, told Bored Panda.

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Observing your model in real life allows you to analyze them in-depth and recreate every unique feature in meticulous detail. As a result, some drawings turn out more true to life than photographs. “When you draw a live portrait, you can see the model better. Unlike drawing from a flat photograph, you can see an actual shape of the face,” says the artist. “This process is much more interesting to me.”

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The artist is quickly gaining popularity not only on the streets of Saint Petersburg, but the Internet is also really impressed with Yarakhtin’s precise work. With over 40k followers, he’s taking over Instagram and is getting commissioned work from all over the world on a daily basis. Staying true to his passion, the artist draws from portrait photos that carefully depict facial features and expressions.

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