26-Year-Old College Dropout Is Now One Of The Hottest Artist, Even Kanye Knows It
There is fan art. And then there's this.
26-year-old Australian artist CJ Hendry has been creating these jaw-dropping hyper-realistic pen drawings for two years now, but recently she got to the Olympus.
A month ago, Hendry decided to take a break from drawing her beloved bags and render something unexpected. A $100 U.S. note with Kanye West's face on the front, for instance. The spot-on artwork, titled "Kash Kurrency", didn't go unnoticed.
Even by Mr. West himself.
Here is CJ Hendry holding the finished "Kash Kurrency" which is probably the most acknowledged fan art piece so far.CJ Hendry/Instagram
According to her manager, Bill Tikos, Kanye West personally requested to meet her in her home town, Brisbane. Here is CJ waiting on the lift ride to meet Yeezus.CJ Hendry/Instagram
CJ says her journey as an artist began when she was at her lowest point knowing there was nothing to loose.CJ Hendry/Instagram
"I made the decision within the week that I was going to drop out of uni and quit my job and draw full time for one year. I made a deal with myself; if I didn't sell anything in 365 days I would re-enroll in university and go back to what I was doing. Luckily after a couple of months I got my first major sale and there was no way I would ever set foot in a university campus again," Hendry said.
Now she's becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Her manager says all of her works are sold within a day from posting them on Instagram.CJ Hendry/Instagram
The charm of these works lies in the hyper-realistic manner and attention to detail. Even the finest flicks and shadows are depicted using only ink and paper.CJ Hendry/Instagram
"There is something extremely elegant about ink," Hendry said. "It doesn't smudge like pencil or charcoal and that is the main reason it works so well for me. I am extremely OCD and cannot stand it when everything is not neat. Pen gives me complete control and I love the longevity and intensity of the black pigment."
It takes about 100-200 hours to finish a drawing and the biggest part of it is structured craftsmanship instead of creativity.CJ Hendry/Instagram
She works around 12-15 hours per day listening to audio books or pod casts. Hendry says it's a very lonely process but suits her personality well.CJ Hendry/Instagram
The luxury paper bag edition started when CJ sent her sister on a mission to find a Hermes cuff in London (yes, she's been a sucker for luxury fashion since she was 16).CJ Hendry/Instagram
"[I] told her to go and have a look in every single Hermes store to try and find one...she found it! She brought it back to Australia in the box. However, the gorgeous orange paper bag was all crumpled... I started to really like the fact that this perfect paper shopping bag was battered and crumpled and looked very much discarded. It was nice to see something not look perfect."
According to the Hendry, there is something extremely powerful and mystical about these paper shopping bags.CJ Hendry/Instagram
"You immediately want to know what is inside," she said.CJ Hendry/Instagram CJ Hendry/Instagram
Hendry says she likes to draw single objects because of their simplicity and ability to attract viewer's complete attention.CJ Hendry/Instagram
"I want people to walk into a room and be totally consumed by the enormous size of the black and white sketch on the wall. I want it to be the the focal point for any space," Hendry said. "As well as that, I enjoy the challenge of completing a task that is not normal. You want people to believe it is a photo."
Her stunning works have gained quite a follower base on the Instagram.CJ Hendry/Instagram
One of the greatest outputs was that it got her the part in THE COOL HUNTER's "Art Hunter" exhibition.CJ Hendry/Instagram
On the other hand, Hendry's works have already been sold out prior to the exhibit. She sold a drawing of these boots for $10,000 to a Sydney art collector.CJ Hendry/Instagram
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