Take a gander at the portrait above by an attorney named Samuel Silva. At first glance you might think it is a photo which, while pretty and colourful, is not of any further note. Here is where the ‘knowing’ part comes in – Silva works only in Bic ballpoint pens. Knowing that the work above is created using normal run-of-the-mill ballpoints completely changes how you look at the portrait. It now becomes an object of wonder.
The original photo that the portrait was based on can be found here. If you want to know more, head over to the post on Colossal: This is Not a Photograph: Amazing Portrait Drawn with Ballpoint Pens by Samuel Silva