This Little Kid Is Blowing Everyone Away With His Incredibly Realistic Drawings

A young artist named Kareem Waris is going viral right now for his unbelievable photorealistic drawings. Waris has been making art for years and years—but he’s only 11.

DD News reports that Waris began drawing when he was six, and was considered a “professional” by the age of eight, selling drawings from his small studio in Lagos, Nigeria. He says his artistic genre is “hyper-realism,” which you can see in the attention to detail on every subject.

Photos of his work have been circulating on Twitter, where he’s being celebrated for his skill.

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Waris comes from a very poor neighborhood, and has seen his family and community struggling to make ends meet. 

Many kids would not be selling their art at his age, even if it were anywhere as good, but Waris does so in part to support his family. He tried to express some of that in this piece, “Daily Bread.”

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“The inspiration behind it is that something going on around me, especially my family. The sweat on it symbolizes hard work and struggling. And the spoon symbolizes food,” he said.

Everybody in my society has little now, or my streets, they struggle, struggle, they sweat for their eats.”

But Waris also has a very developed artistic philosophy for an 11-year-old.

“I try to focus on it to get the detail in the picture and in the artwork too. And in the artwork was painting. And in the picture will be in the artwork that anybody sees it, possibly symbolize photo,” he told DD News.

Waris became so well-known in Nigeria, he was commissioned to make a drawing of French president Emmanuel Macron:

And then he got to meet him:

Waris wants to continue his work, and eventually become an artist whose work is show in galleries and museums around the world. And the Internet really wants that to happen, too:

Though some are a bit jealous:

He may be young, but to get this good at his work in difficult circumstances, Waris has worked hard.

We’re all looking forward to his first museum exhibition.

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This Artist Has A Series Of Drawings Dedicated To Living Alone And They Are Beautiful

This Artist Has A Series Of Drawings Dedicated To Living Alone And They Are Beautiful

I come from a big family. Not really by Eastern European standards, we were about normal-sized, especially considering that my grandma and grandpa from my dad’s side lived with us. I almost always had to wait to use a bathroom, there was almost always someone talking or some kind of activity going on in the house while I was attempting to do my homework or play video games or quickly take a shower to not “waste” the hot water for whoever came in after me.

Which means that when I finally lived on my own for a little bit, I almost lost my mind. Even now, being married with two kids, I find myself creeped out when I’m by myself in the apartment. Most people would like to be away from a crying baby or have some “alone” time. I personally can’t take more than few minutes of it.

Which is why I’m fascinated with the art of Yaoyao Ma Van As.

She has a series of drawings dedicated to living and working by your lonesome.

And her artwork is absolutely stunning.

From waking up when you want with only the sun and your pets to greet you.

To getting stuck on something when you’re working from home and no coworkers to vent to.

She captures a lot of amazing moments of what it’s like to be home alone.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Yaoyao says that when she started putting her drawings up online, she wasn’t using “loneliness” as a guiding theme.

“The ‘solitude’ part wasn’t my goal. However, once in a while I would get some comments on my painting like, ‘Why is she always alone?'”

“And I started thinking, ‘Just because someone is alone doesn’t mean they’re lonely.'”

Yaoyao uses her drawings to tell stories, specifically ones that include her pupper.

“I started doing these because I wanted to tell stories with my drawings, especially stories about my dog Parker.”

She’s interested in capturing the “ups and downs” of life, and hopes that the vignettes she captures resonate with other people.

“Life has its ups and downs, and I hope people can see from the stories I tell in my illustrations that they’re not alone in going through certain experiences in life.”

A scroll through her Instagram account shows just how much she’s progressed as an artist over the years.

“I do go through different emotions, but I’m also not crying in the staircase every time I draw something sad or biking through nature when I’m happy. I mainly just want to improve my skills and become more well-rounded as an artist.”

Her “daily sketches” are filled with beautiful life moments, as only she sees them.

If Yaoyao’s work speaks to you, you can check out more of her artwork on her site, here.

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30 Artists Responded To Trump's Refugee Ban With Powerful Drawings

People are up in arms about the proposed ban on refugees and green card holders in the United States. From former President Barack Obama, to businesses like Starbucks, hell, even Dale Earnhardt Jr. sympathized with Muslim refugees, saying that his ancestors traveled from Germany to escape religious persecution.

The refugee ban has resulted in countless protests and fervor that can be seen on social media.

And like any good protest, art is playing a huge part in the current ban of refugees and people all over the web are sharing painfully relevant and poignant works of art that speak to the current state of affairs.

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