Moscow-based artist Alena Litvin has a very special gift – she can recreate a detailed photographic portraits using only colored pencils and mountains of talent. The results are often so impressive that you can barely tell the drawing apart from the photo.

Looking at her amazing drawings, it’s very hard to believe that Alena is a self-taught artist who has only been exercising her craft for the last eight years. From portraits of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to regular people who commission her to draw portraits of their loved ones, there’s nothing the young Russian artist can’t pull off. She can take up to 10 days to finish a portrait, which may sound like a long time, but just look at the level of detail in some her artworks…

The Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portraits of Alena Litvin - EpicNews

Photo: Alena Litvin/Instagram

Alena Litvin’s pencil-drawn portraits have been drawing a lot of attention on Instagram, where she has amassed a following of over 165,000, most of whom still can’t believe that she only uses pencils to create portraits.

For more amazing hyper-realistic art check out the paintings of Anna Halldin Maule, or the insanely-detailed drawings of young Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley.