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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Florist Shares Incredibly Awkward Gift Message Guy Wrote For Girlfriend

Whenever you order something online, there’s usually an option to add a gift message. Usually, it’s something heartfelt — “love you, help you get well soon!”

But Twitter user Nicole actually has to write out those gift messages for the florist she works at. And recently, she got this gem…

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Twitter seems surprised that people don’t know someone actually has to read these messages. Nicole’s tweet acquired some 35,000 retweets and 111,000 likes.  

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This Incredibly Motivated Homeless Student Biked Six Hours And Camped Outside His School

Police in Barnesville, Georgia rushed over to Gordon State College after receiving a complaint of a tent pitched outside the school. They told the tent’s occupant to exit the tent with his hands in sight. So Fred Barley, a homeless student, emerged.

The nineteen year old biked six hours to the college town so he could job hunt before the dorms opened in August. 

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The biology major, who had just enrolled in his second semester, brought only his tent, some water, a box of cereal, and a few personal belongings… Talk about dedication to getting an education, despite impossible circumstances. 

The officers, taking “protect and serve” seriously, brought Barley to a motel and paid for a two-night stay. 

“I could tell he was a good kid … who had been dealt a bad hand,” officer Dicky Carreker tells the Barnesville Herald-Gazette. Carreker’s wife was so moved by Barley’s story that she posted it on a community Facebook page. 

Once her Facebook post began circulating, locals decided to get involved to make sure Barley could have a successful year in school. 

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Casey Blaney, the owner of the motel where he was staying paid for his room through Monday, when he’ll be allowed to move into the dorms early. Barley also got a job at a local pizza place and received a variety of donations from locals including school supplies, clothes, and a new bike.

Once Barley’s story started making national news, impressed people everywhere got involved to help the dedicated student. Blaney started a ‘Success For Fred’ GoFundMe page  which shattered the $ 30,000 goal, reaching over $ 51,000 in only two days. 

Barley has since recorded this thank you video for all his supporters. 

“I can’t begin to come up with half the words to explain how much I feel,” the aspiring doctor said. “I’m in total shock.” He also promised to save the money as best he could and even offered to keep his supporters updated on his performance in school. 

So, there is some hope left for humanity, after all. Yes, there are people causing traffic accidents over Pokémon Go, and tragedy / political violence seems rampant, but there are also incredibly determined students and people with the good sense to help them out. (h/t wsb-tv)

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The first ever Troll bead was made by silversmith Søren Nielsen in 1976, when he designed and crafted a silver bead called “The Mask”, so called because the bead had six different faces, each with a different expression.

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