This is not a photograph (8 HQ Photos)

This photo-realistic art was drawn by 29 year old artist Samuel Silva using ball-point pens. He based it on this photograph from a Russian photographer, and it's honestly hard to tell the difference between the two. Check out Silva's other work on his Deviant-Art, it's stunning.


  • Tim


  • WOW

    Incredible talent!

  • minz

    Damn, that's impressive.

  • steve

    More boobs

  • patrick907

    art that's it just art loving it chive

    • Good LORD

      But hating punctuation…

  • AcidVoltA


  • subliminal

    Shit I can't even write legibly.

  • MylesofStyles

    #5 Scarlett Johansson?

    • Matt

      Well, she did play the part in the film.

      • Boston Rugger

        They made a film about Vermeer?

        • blkopsbartender

          she was in the girl with the pearl earing

        • MylesofStyles

          <img src="; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

        • JESSE

          "movie," its called a "movie" you pretentious douchers

          • Boston Rugger

            Movie is a synonym for film, people from different areas or different ages use different words.

            But you're right we shouldn't use different words to describe things, because that's just plain douchey.

          • The Dark Knight

            You should know that "it's" is the contraction of 'it' and 'is' you illiterate fuck.

            'Its' is the possessive form of 'it' as in "The douche-bag troll was proud of its attempt to criticize grammar despite its epic failure."

            See the difference? If not I can wait for the ringing in your ears to subside and explain it again with crayons and finger puppets.

            • Shak

              How many times did u read this before posting? ;P

              • The Dark Knight

                Once, in English.



    • bigcityreem

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Awwyeahuh

      I was thinking Tom Hardy in drag.

  • Branden

    Simply amazing

  • Shannon Coverdale

    #6 Unreal

    • PhiladelphiaCollins


  • morebeer

    Lol #5
    I like how he didn't copy the original painting but instead copied a photo from the movie about the painting

    • Joel

      It's called "photo-realistic art." Not "painting-realistic art." Painting a copy of the painting would have pretty much missed the point.

      • ben

        Ever tried making an exact copy of a painting? Basically exactly the same as trying to copy a photo.

  • Beev

    I felt like I was good at something…. AAAANNND IT'S GONE.

  • BigPup

    #1 Photo or not… BEAUTIFUL!

  • DickFister

    #1 and #2
    That reminds me: My wife said she say my doppleganger last night. If I see that fat bastard, I'm going to bitch slap him and tell him to lay off the Doritos

    • Spelling Police

      Well, as long as she say what she say she said, everything should be fine.

  • taco soup

    like a Ross!

    • morebeer

      Needs more happy little trees

  • Michael McLaughlin

    That's really cool that he can do that. Amazing, in fact. But what's the point of drawing/painting things to look exactly like the photo they're copied from and change absolutely nothing about the image? It would kinda make me sad to have that kind of talent only to use it to be the worlds slowest photo-copier. This would have been an incredibly useful and profitable talent 200 years ago before the invention of the camera.

    • MMH

      It's about spatial intelligence. The more you practice things like art, it transfers into other things in life and being able to understand, and interpret surroundings spatially (or take something that is two dimensions and make it three). Those abilities are only gained through practice, and people will only hire those who can show their abilities. Things like this are good for portfolios and such to build reputation for later work.

      • Evil Xena

        "It's about spatial intelligence." No, it is not.

        "Things like this are good for portfolios and such to build reputation for later work."

        Not particularly. They demonstrate reasonable technical skill, but little ability to interpret. It is possible for a human artist to overcome the limitations imposed by photography. But Samuel is young at 28, give him time.

    • TheSimonizer

      I think you are missing the point. Being able to do photo-realistic drawings with BALL POINT PEN is pretty fucking amazing, original artwork or not.

      • Evil Xena

        Not really. It is mostly a matter of time and focus. A projector or light box helps.

        • guard

          You must be a very unhappy person to not appreciate somebody's talent. Useful or not talent is talent, if you don't like it and it makes you so upset that you can't stay calm, the chive posted a good dar today, maybe that'll cheer you up little buddy. KCCO.

          • Punchy B

            What the fuck dude!?! This guy did something amazing with a fuckin pen! I would guess that VERY few people even "trained" could produce something so beautiful. You my friend have no idea what "art" is, and for that I feel sorry for you

  • Charlie Brown

    What's the point of drawing something that looks just like the photo??? Just print the photo and boom DONE! Back to the pub…

    • waitaminnit

      What's the point of climbing a mountain if you're just going to come back down again?

  • Do0zer

    #1 Model is Любовь Ансимова.

    • Seanypat

      According to Google Translate, her name in English is Love Ansimov. 🙂

  • Danno Maurer

    #5 You mean that's not a real woman with oversized lips and nose?

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      There are people on the Internet who don't go to reddit. Strange, but true. None of the content I see is a repost because I never go to reddit: I'm a chiver.

      • Alex Haschen

        never heard of reddit..

    • mnj

      what the hell is reddit?

    • TheSimonizer

      Yeah… because Reddit isn't grabbing content from anywhere else…. it's all original… sure…

    • guard

      I thought the chive was the only site on the internet.

  • Unfkngblvbl

    My ball-point pens would never last this long. They can barely fill out a fucking post-it note.

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    • Oli

      Dont waste first page space ass hat

    • fish

      What the fuck is this map and flag counter bullshit??

  • deadaesthetic

    Am I the only one that has the Mission Of Burma song "This is not a photograph" stuck in their head?

    • velvethammer


  • Nickey J

    <img src=""&gt; Nice job, Don't you see that these are all works of art?<img src=""&gt;

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