Self-Taught Artist From Singapore Creates Hyper-Realistic Drawings On Wooden Boards


Born and raised in Singapore, Ivan is crazy about all things art. Since he was very young he has been teaching himself how to draw incredibly realistic portraits that literally jump off of the page, or rather wood. Ivan relies on a wooden canvas, pastels, colored pencils, and ink pens to bring drawings to life.

He writes on BoredPanda, “I always love to draw realistic art or artworks that tease the eyes and the brain. By working on wood, it gives me a lot of dimension and ideas to create something close to reality and it works really well with pastels, too.”

Check out some of Ivan’s hyper-realistic artwork here!

Spilled Nutella 

This pastel on plywood actually looks edible, not to mention delicious.


Observation Drawing Starbucks 

After posting this photo to Instagram, Ivan received a lot of requests to see different angles of the photo, but no matter what image he posts of this drawing the results still look so real!


Water Flow 


Ivan usually works with dry mediums such as pastels, but he would like to work with paints more in the future. Wood is Ivan’s favorite canvas, and it works well for him.

Acrylic Cat On Wood 

For this drawing Ivan tried something new. Instead of using real life objects on wood, Ivan used an acrylic base layer before adding in the pastel details.


Wine Spill


Ivan says that he is never done learning. He continues to experiment and study anamorphic drawings.

Rottweiler Pastel 

This pastel on wood featuring a beautiful Rottweiler was finished 3 months ago as a commissioned piece. It features Harley-Quinn, a cool Instagram pup with over 2,200 followers!


Chinese Calendar 

Ivan writes on his tumblr blog about this particular commissioned piece, “I use both the original item and photography I took as references.” He says that it took a lot of practice and he still thinks the text is off, although overall he is happy with the way it turned out.


Pastel and White Charcoal On Wood 


Ivan Hoo’s art is out of this world in regards to perfection, hence how the artist has earned nearly 40,000 likes on Facebook.

Coke Spill

Ivan writes on his Instagram about this photo, “Drawing tissue paper to clear up the mess.”


Back in 2011, Ivan showcased his work in an exhibition for the first time at the 50×50 Square Invasion Painting Show. Since then his artwork has continued to take off, and he now teaches artists at the Art Speaks Studio in Singapore.

Observational Drawing, Next Cigarette 


Ivan is busy working on his next large-scale artwork for a solo exhibition next year, but he is still taking commissioned orders as often as he can.

Broken Eggs


Matchbox and Burn Matches Drawing

This observational drawing was made using graphite and pastel on wood.


Bunny Drawing 

This pastel on wood drawing is all about the little details… check out the wisps of hair and realistic eye.


Blackberry Pastel On Wood

Ivan’s artwork actually makes Blackberry look kind of cool again…


Pug Drawing 

This commissioned pug drawing was created using pastel on wood.


Dripping Effect 


Not only is Ivan talented but also he seems like a supper cool guy. He is constantly thanking his loyal fans and those that pay him to commission artwork. And just the other day he Tweeted, “You can paint well doesn’t mean you are a good artist and have the right to laugh at other people’s work. Hate this type of person.”

We do too, and we love an ultra talented artist that is kind and hasn’t grown a big head. Thanks for being you, Ivan. You are truly incredible!

Check out this time-lapse video of Ivan Hoo’s artwork as it comes to life.

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