Realistic Drawings For Sale

Browse our collection of realistic drawings for sale online today. Our selection of drawings showcase work from artists worldwide. Ranging from portraits, to cityscapes, our gallery offers original realistic drawings available to purchase online.

Not sure where to start? Take a look the work of award winning Nigerian artist, Fatola Israel. Fatola creates hyper-realistic drawings of people and animals and can be found in galleries, and embassies around Lagos and Nigeria. His reason for practicing art is to communicate his thoughts and ideas and to portray humans as products of their societies by focusing on their struggles and experiences.

Characteristics and Influences of Realistic Drawing

Realistic drawings are types of drawing that are heavily influenced by the widespread art movement – realism. Realism is characterised by drawing or painting that depicts its subject on a spectrum of reality. One the one end realist artists aim to depict the world in a natural way, and on the other, there are artists who try to depict their subject matter that can only be described as hyperreal. Like photographers driven by capturing what cannot be seen with the eye, hyperreal artists try to depict what cannot be captured by a camera.

Realistic drawings and realism developed out of the naturalist movement. Artists started focusing on subject matter that didn’t allow their work to qualify as high art at the time. Subjects included scenes of peasants and working class life. These drawings shocked the upper classes who were used to the depiction of wealth and extravagance in high art.

Realistic drawings can be thought of, either as a style in which artists create hyperreal, almost photographic drawings, or as subject matter where scenes of everyday life are captured in a natural way.

Famous Artists Creating Realistic Drawings

Famous for his realistic drawings is French Artist Edgar Degas who depicted scenes of modern French society. His preferred subject matter was ballet dancers and people in urban cafes. During his earlier career Degas painted portraits of individuals and groups. These paintings not only showed his interest in the tension between men and women, but signs of the style he would develop later in his career by cropping subjects awkwardly and choosing unusual viewpoints.

A collector of Japanese paintings, he was influenced by eastern imagery and abstracted inventive compositions and novel points of view from them to use in his own compositions. These compositions also influenced the way he painted and how he made his sculptures. Like many realistic artists he had a scientific interest in his subjects, which he sketched first, as a means of studying them, then sculpted or painted in oil later.

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    Face Off I by Nelson Makamo

    Face Off I

    Drawings - 77x58 cm
    Untitled by Nelson Makamo


    Drawings - 100x70 cm
    Woman/Boat 7 by Susannah Douglas

    Woman/Boat 7

    Drawings - 26x26 cmRent for $70 /mo
    Coventry Cathedral 1940 by Chris Shaw Hughes

    Coventry Cathedral 1940

    Drawings - 40x32 cmRent for $125 /mo
    Pavement II by Chris Shaw Hughes

    Pavement II

    Drawings - 42x59 cmRent for $195 /mo
    Untitled by Nelson Makamo


    Drawings - 100x100 cm
    Untitled by Nelson Makamo


    Drawings - 100x70 cm
    Rhianna in Havana by Chris Shaw Hughes

    Rhianna in Havana

    Drawings - 32x39 cmRent for $140 /mo


    Drawings - 214x83 cm

    Where When Lingers

    Drawings - 35x46 cmRent for $75 /mo


    Drawings - 25x22 cm

    Cercis Seeds II

    Drawings - 25x18 cm

    Mission Possible

    Drawings - 100x70 cm

    Video Layer (Disney World) 1

    Drawings - 26x31 cmRent for $105 /mo


    Drawings - 77x58 cm

    Calla Solo

    Drawings - 26x18 cm

    Moon Walk

    Drawings - 160x120 cm

    Full Summer Tree

    Drawings - 76x56 cm

    Walk near Gioux

    Drawings - 29x42 cmRent for $120 /mo


    Drawings - 100x70 cm


    Drawings - 30x21 cmRent for $100 /mo

    ATC Series No11

    Drawings - 193x117 cm

    Nazi Teatime

    Drawings - 18x25 cmRent for $75 /mo

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