Back in the day, when computers with keyboards weren't so accessible and writing by hand didn't feel extremely odd, the ballpoint pen was everyone's favorite tool for creating art. I bet everyone had one or two doodles in their notebooks, but Samuel Silva took it to another level.

This 37-year-old self-taught Portuguese artist, who goes by VianaArts on social media, started drawing with ballpoint pens at school by simply sketching on the back of his exercise books and even after becoming a lawyer, he didn't give up on his hobby. On the contrary, he has perfected it to the point that his hand-drawn artworks look so hyperrealistic it's hard to believe they are not photographs.

Each of these extraordinary drawings takes from 5 to hundreds of hours, up to 8 standard colored Bic ballpoint pens, and lots of patience to complete. "Ballpoint pens are as underestimated as they are a powerful medium. A tool is only as powerful as the Artist who uses it." Silva wrote on his DeviantArt page. "It's not about what you use, it's about how you use it."

Check out the gallery of Silva's astonishingly detailed portraits and let us know if your jaw is still in place!

More info: deviantart.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Pablo Simmo
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1 year ago

My god, those eyes making even more impression!

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Boodle
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1 year ago

Every.Single. Hair.

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Jan Hansen
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1 year ago

The coloring is amazing.

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pusheen buttercup
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1 year ago

this must have taken forever

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Play Tea
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1 year ago

OMG WHO CAN TEACH ME HOW TO DRAW LIKE THIS!?

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Play Tea
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1 year ago

The eyes!

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Play Tea
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1 year ago

What does the fox say?

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ember avery
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1 year ago

this is so well done

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How Terribly Unfortunate
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1 year ago

Wow. I would never guess that this was ballpoint pen.

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Pho3nixGir1
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1 year ago

LILY EVANS !

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Nora
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1 year ago

Holy shit! This needs to go up!

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Play Tea
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1 year ago

Those eyes! I just wanna see then up close!

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Clare Amidei
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1 year ago

Why does this look like my cat?

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Play Tea
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1 year ago

Eagle

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Play Tea
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1 year ago

CUTE BABY!!

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Pablo Simmo
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1 year ago

Isn't that Scarlett Johansson?

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Annabeth Chase
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1 year ago

awww, squish!

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Isaiah Wallerstedt
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1 year ago

I LOVE kingfishers!!

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Patrick Shore
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1 year ago

cartoon

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Deborah Barringer
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1 year ago

love cardinals

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Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

those are some beautiful green blinkers!

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Christine Myers
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1 year ago

Wows, adorable and beautiful.

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Bean59
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1 year ago

yummy

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Magdalena Bone
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1 year ago

Those eyes

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Patrick Shore
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1 year ago

looks like snake markings

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Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

amazing details in the mane.

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Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

he sees a mouse, and he prepares to pounce.

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Annabeth Chase
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1 year ago

That face is...

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Annabeth Chase
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1 year ago

kitty.

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KATELYN NGUYEN
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1 year ago

Wow.This must have taken forever

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Reid Bevis
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1 year ago

Kinda creepy

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Patrick Shore
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1 year ago

shape shifter from star trek

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Parker Sheehan
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First of all, I cannot do faces. My best efforts ever have been Winnie the Pooh, and Charlie Brown. Otherwise I concentrate on birds, with only mediocre success. Tell me, please, do you personally know the lovely women in Nos. 22, 49, and 50. They just seem to have a personal quality to them. You must have an incredibly steady hand. Finally, number one has got to be photograph, rather than a painting. Please be truthful. I find these works to be phenomenal. Thank you for sharing them with us. It was so nice meeting you if only on social media.

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Deborah Barringer
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1 year ago

i too love hawks and other birds of prey.

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R L
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1 year ago (edited)

My favourite- they are just so poofy!

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Abigail
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1 year ago

BIIIIIIGG KITTY (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

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JazzyRuns12
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1 year ago

This so intricate!

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Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

Is that a punch buggy in the background

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Ayasophya Alturas
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impressive shading

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Deborah Barringer
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1 year ago

gotta be sisters

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SilverRozFox
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1 year ago

I love roses!!

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Lorrie Finley
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1 year ago

I'm amazed at the range of work he does. The amount of artistic talent out of this one man goes past brilliant all the way to the savant.

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Annabeth Chase
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1 year ago

teeny kit-upid

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Patrick Shore
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1 year ago

am i drunk !?

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