22 insanely realistic pencil drawings

Each of these images is a pencil drawing. Yes, you read that right. Each of the artistic drawings on this list is an intricately detailed pencil sketch, and many of them are available in stunning black and white. And while smartphone cameras are getting better and better, these drawings have an atmospheric quality that can only be achieved by hand. Yes, sometimes the pencil is mightier than the Apple Pencil.

To create these pencil drawings, talented artists sharpened their pencils to create incredible art. Our collection includes celebrity portraits, animals, natural scenes, everyday objects and famous landmarks. The breadth of the topics means there is something to inspire you in every entry. If you’re inspired to draw, check out our roundup of the best pencils.

01. JD Hilberry