His stunning, hyper-realistic pencil drawings can take up to 100 hours to complete, but the artist insists anyone can master the skill if they put their mind to it.
Emma Towers-Evans first picked up a pencil when she was just two years old and says her love for drawing began after watching the movie ‘Free Willy’ which inspired her to draw pictures. killer whales.
Now she creates amazing portraits of people and animals that are so realistic they look like photos.
The 29-year-old often completes drawings on large A1 or A0 paper and estimates that each artwork can have more than half a million individual pencil strokes.
Since the pandemic lockdown, she has been sharing videos showing off her techniques on TikTok, which have racked up 265,000 followers and 4.5 million likes.
In some popular videos, she can be seen drawing portraits of well-known celebrities like Rhianna and Taylor Swift.
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The self-taught artist insists that “anyone” can master the craft if they put in the hours, having seen their own skills improve after years of practice.
“I don’t believe people are ‘naturally gifted’ when it comes to drawing,” says the artist from Stourbridge, West Midlands, England.
“It took years of practice, patience and dedication to get to where I am today.
“I think anyone can reach this level, you just need to have the same determination and self-confidence.”
Emma enjoyed drawing as a hobby during her childhood and teenage years, but never thought it would be a future career. But then, while attending the University of Surrey for music and sound recording, she started doing commissions, often drawing pet portraits.
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As her success continued, Emma decided to focus on drawing full time and set up her own website. Now the pencil artist sells his own original work and his subjects are often portraits of people.
25% of proceeds from the sale of his series of big cat prints are donated to conservation charities such as the Born Free Foundation and Lion Aid.
One of these portraits was based on Christian the Lion, a famous pet lion bought from Harrods in the 1970s – and Emma had permission from the photographer to draw her picture.
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“It’s really exciting to see something come to life on paper,” she continued.
His videos on TikTok at @eteportraits capture every step of his drawings (see video below). In a video, she shows the progress of a self-portrait that took 97 hours.
“The first one I posted was a time-lapse video of a portrait and I can’t believe how popular it has become. The comments and support I’m getting are amazing.
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But the self-taught artist also encourages others to pick up a pencil and try.
“I think anyone can have that ability. It’s just a matter of knowing how to do it, which comes with a lot of practice.
“I think anyone can become an artist if they have the time and the patients.”
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