It's Hard To Believe These Are Not Just High Resolution Photographs
Deep blue sea.
This is not a photograph.
Meet Zaria Forman, a 31-year-old artist from Brooklyn who creates stunning hyper-realistic drawings of sea and icy landscapes.
Zaria uses only pastels and her fingertips to paint these large-scale canvases that can take up to a month to finish.
Zaria says her inspiration comes from childhood, when she used to travel with her family throughout some of the world's remotest places.
"I developed an appreciation for the beauty and vastness of the ever-changing sky and sea. I loved watching a far-off storm on the western desert plains; the monsoon rains of southern India; and the cold arctic light illuminating Greenland's waters," Forman writes on her website.
According to the artist, drawing is a form of meditation for her. Zaria hopes that viewers experience some of that tranquility, too.
Take a look at her incredible technique in this short time-lapse video:
Apart from being a true pastel goddess, Zaria is a very environmentally conscious artist. Most of her works explore the effects of climate change.
In 2012, Forman lead an expedition to Greenland where she strived to document "the rapildy changing arctic landscape" and gather inspiration for her art. Last year, she spent a month living in the Maldives, the lowest-lying country.
"I spent September 2013 in the Maldives, the lowest and flattest country in the world, collecting material and inspiration to create a body of work celebrating and representing a nation that could be entirely underwater within this century," Zaria writes.
Zaria hopes her drawings raise awareness on the environmental issues concerning polar melt, water conservation and water sharing.
The uncanny realism of Zaria's drawings makes them look more like photographs than hand-drawn works of art.
The prints of Zaria's drawings are on sale, starting from $55 for a small framed piece.
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