Self-taught artist Jono Dry brings his imagination to life with a pencil and paper. In his awe-inspiring hyperrealism drawing style, the South African creative fuses an incredible attention to detail with a surrealist point of view—making his work both technically stunning as well as conceptually compelling.
Dry’s photograph-like artwork showcases often-overlooked characteristics like the delicate folds of the skin and the glisten on a single water drop. He leaves nothing out, although his drawings are often devoid of a background. This gives them a dramatic, almost theatrical feel, and this lack of context allows us to impart our own opinions about what the work means.
This idea of freedom is at the forefront of how Dry thinks about his drawings. In an interview with ArtBookGuy he explained, “I enjoy the idea of having no limit with my work. When the only limit is your imagination, it becomes a wonderful challenge to see how far it can stretch,” Continuing, “It feels like I’m constantly exploring and pushing the boundaries of my own imagination with the goal to find something worth spending time, bringing to life in the form of a drawing.”
Self-taught artist Jono Dry explores a surrealist point of view through hyperrealism art.
The attention to detail is impressive, so it’s no surprise that one large drawing can take him six months to complete.
Along the way, Dry is happy to share his works in progress.
All images via Jono Dry.
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