Self Taught Artist Makes Incredible Portraits

A real estate agent from Chicago, Illinois picked up his pencils and began to draw masterpieces with them, something he hadn’t done since he was a teenager 30 years ago. The results are so incredible that it’s hard to believe that he has had no formal art education.

Rick Forston started drawing again in 2008, and has so far made dozens of portraits of celebrities that continue to amaze people with their photograph-like details. He’s so good that when you place Rick’s drawing of the singer Tyrone Wells and his wife Elina next to the actual black and white photo of the couple, it’s almost impossible to determine which one is which.

Some of Rick’s favorite subjects include characters from popular TV shows and movies such as Breaking Bad, Iron Man and Hancock. This pure talent shows it’s never too late to work on things you love and achieve great results (unless you were dreaming on becoming the youngest person to climb Mount Everest). His prints are available for sale on his deviantart page.


  1. Naah, the drawing/photo mix is quite interesting, but rest is just a copy of picture. It’s not art, it’s just a meditation. He must be very patient, but that’s all.

  2. That is not bad for copying photographs, but he is no prodigy by any means.He really needs some formal study of some form or another, his values are pretty decent, but his structure and form are really killing the accuracy of his work. He needs to learn the basics, like the use of form and core shadows and get away from the linear aspect of drawing. Keep up the great work!

  3. cant u ppl just appreciate someone?? whats wrong with u ppl!! its pretty amazing and awesome work i have seen in my life., i envy this guy’s work.. i do sketching too.. seems like a crap in front of this.. amazing job btw.

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