Ivan Hoo’s realistic drawings are unreal
You will struggle to believe these aren’t real things
Artist Ivan Hoo, from Singapore, creates drawings so realistic you will question if he has really drawn them. And he seems to specialise in drawing things that you really wish were real, from Nutella jars to pugs…
What’s also really cool is that for most of his realistic drawings, Ivan simply uses drawing pencils on wood. He uses photographs or objects which he tries to then copy. After discovering his awesome work, we decided to get in touch with Ivan to ask him some questions about his talents…
How old were you when you started painting? And, how old are you now?
Im 31 this year. I started drawing at a young age around the age of 6 if I can remember, haha.
How did you learn to draw as realistically as you can? Is there a special method that you use?
I think the interest and dedication of what you are doing are very important.To be honest i don’t there’s any secret or special technique in learning realism art.Its all about knowing your medium well and going through lots and lots of practice and fail attempts.Some of the techniques i have learned so far is from other artists which is kind enough to share their knowledge. you can find tutorials on Youtube videos or websites and by looking at their works and observe how they did it in the progress example: how to make your shadings even smoother etc..other than that is all self taught and self explore.But its still got to depend on how much effort and practice you put in it. Im still learning everyday to improve more on my works.
Did/does anything in particular inspire you with your art?
Definitely artists I look up to and am inspired by. My mom and dad also inspire me to work even harder.
What is the art scene like where you live in Singapore? Do people recognise your work?
I think we are starting to evolving now and there’s more opportunity now here for us. We have annual art fairs like Affordable Art Fair, Art Stage Singapore and art community like NOISE to help support young artists to showcase their works. There’s really a lot of young talents here and with the help of those platform and even social media to help develop them. I think with the recent publish and features of my works from Media websites, I have started to have more enquiries from people here in Singapore asking about my works and future projects.
How long does a piece of work like this, for example, take you? (referring to above)
It got to depends on the detail of each works..usually on an A3 size 2 to 3 days..but if more details i could take even weeks to finish like the animal portraits.because i got to juggle my teaching and other illustration works with my commission drawings.
Any projects or plans for the future?
Currently working on my first solo show which is plan next year..still in progress with some works before i could finalised the date and time. And hopefully to do more projects and collaboration.
I mean, look at these. Can you actually believe he DREW them?
And yes, this too is a painting.