Any of us would be forgiven for thinking that these portraits are the work of exceptional photography, when the reality of the matter is that they are laborious pencil drawings by the exceptionally talented – and enormously patient and meticulous – Emanuele Dascanio.
Born in Garbagnate Milanese in 1983, Dascanio always had a passion for art and its rich history. It was only natural that he attended various art schools and artistic academies, but his life truly changed in 2007 when he began to study under Gianluca Corona. This is where he learned the art of oil painting and hyperrealism, and was inspired by the classic Renaissance artists.
A self-described perfectionist, Dascanio will sometimes spend over 780 hours on his pieces and crafts them using a combination of charcoal and graphite. The result is that his works are quite contemporary but possess a classic renaissance quality about them. Every hair, every freckle, every wrinkle, and every detail is dramatically captured for all the world to see.