Hyperrealistic pencil drawing by Ashraf Malique
Hyperrealistic illustrations of 22-year-old Singaporean artist Ashraf Malique (Mohd Ashraf Abdul Malik) have admirers from across the globe. He started sharing his art works on social websites while studying at the Lasalle College of Arts. Before starting his drawing Ashraf Malique carefully examines the subject of drawing – whether it is a building, or a structure. His first piece of the Eiffel Tower is highly-detailed and realistic, as well as other drawings – Pyramids of Giza, Dubai of Emirates. “Usually, when people look at a building, they look at the big picture. But I tend to look at it closer and how it was built,” said Mr Ashraf. “For instance, the Eiffel Tower was built from the base, ground up. I used the same approach for my drawing.”
According to his interview to “Today”, Ashraf Malique is a self-taught artist, who hopes to be an architect or interior designer, dedicates his art to his late grandfather — who was an avid sketch artist — for instilling in him the qualities of discipline and patience. “I think drawing is really about patience. This is something my grandpa had taught me … Trust me when I say I can draw one eye for six hours!” said the interior design major.
Detailing the long hours of planning needed for each artwork, Mr Ashraf said a typical project begins with almost two days of planning as he decides on the correct technique, such as dotting or cross-hatching. After that, the artist would spend close to six hours daily to complete his piece.