Artist Shohei is truly a one of a kind talent. These mesmerizing images of chic hipsters would be difficult enough to render with the aid of digital software, but somehow this skilled Japanese illustrator manages to create these dynamic drawings with nothing more than ballpoint pens. Just how impressive is that feat? Simply try emulating an airbrush using a pen the way Shohei has and you’ll quickly discover why he is in a class of his own.
Shohei rendered these images for Carhatt’s Spring/Summer 2012 ad campaign. He chronicles his process in a video for viewers to watch as his magic unfolds. How he’s able to depict such realistic textures and values using just a pen still mystifies me even though I can clearly witness everything take place in the short YouTube clip.