by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Would you believe these owls aren’t real? They are actually hyper-realistic illustrations by New Zealand-based artist and professor John Pusateri. He uses charcoal, pencils, and pastels to draw the nitty gritty details of these birds.

Looking at the images closely, it’s amazing how he captures the texture and chaotic beauty of the feathers. And those eyes that keeps staring back at you – even if you know it’s not real – is just something else.

Via Juxtapoz