Heather Rooney is an illustrator specializing in photorealistic drawings. Her works have a lot of intricate details that one can mistakenly recognize as real photographs. She uses colored pencils and graphite in her paintings and it takes many hours to finish one masterpiece alone.
The first portrait she drew was in her high school art class and after that, she became interested in the challenge of photorealistic art and the complexity it required. “The labor-intensive commitment to photorealism caused me to feel driven to continue improving my technique. In college, I spent a majority of my free time drawing portraits with colored pencil. Being in the age of growing social media platforms, I decided to share my lengthy process online through time-lapse videos,” Heather said on her website.
Today, the American artist has more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube and 300k Instagram followers. Check out her drawings that are so realistic they are difficult to distinguish from photos.
Finished colored pencil drawing! This drawing is of a steam train that travels through the heart of central Germany on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways, showcasing the stunning landscapes of the Harz Mountains. The reference I used to create this drawing was from a photograph taken by @bokehm0n. The framed original drawing is currently available for purchase on my website. Prints will be available next week! Materials: @caran_dache Luminance pencils on @Strathmoreart 500 series bristol, plate surface.
Portrait commission – Colored pencil drawing of Sonia Full video is up on my YouTube channel! Real time videos and a skin blending tutorial featuring this drawing are up on my Patreon page. For more info you can check link in my bio. Materials: @caran_dache Luminance colored pencils on @strathmoreart 500 series bristol, plate surface
I’m excited to share my drawing of @gal_gadot as Wonder Woman I have done in collaboration with Caran d’Ache and Warner Bros! Be sure to check out the elegant designs of @caran_dache s’ new writing collection inspired by the upcoming superhero film, Justice League! Full drawing video is up on YouTube! Materials: @caran_dache Luminance colored pencils on @Strathmoreart 500 series bristol, plate surface.