Gritty hyperrealistic portraits expose vulnerabilities and the culture of urban life

Artist Paul Cadden specialises in drawing photorealistic cityscapes and portraits in pencil, documenting tiny moments of culture and fleeting emotions. Inspired by the little details, Cadden aims to put on paper subtle traces that the human eye might otherwise miss. Whether it’s illustrations of the city itself or intensely close-up portraits of the people that live there, the artist sees what others might not, revealing vulnerabilities and offering a gritty exposure of urban life.

He says: “Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills, etc., the idea is to go beyond the photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted. The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo.”

Via Archinect