I dont know if deviantart links work on here, but lion83.deviantart.com is so outstanding!! I want to be able to draw that realistic someday. I especially admire how well he draws the hair, whenever I draw it I just draw a few lines and do some darknening so that it somewhat looks like hair. Something that needs to be worked on alot
then why dont you? just get a black and white photograph and copy exactly what you see. not much creativity involved.
I know it's not the most creative, but it still seems remarkable to be able to recreate a photo that well. When it comes to the artist I admire the most though, you guys probably know already since I've mentioned him enough times
I think the artist can still be admired for their skill.. sure, it isn't "art" as we know it, and I do prefer work that shows far more soul than this, but wow this artist demonstrates just what the human can do. And I do think it is something to aspire to. If I could reproduce something as perfectly as that, I would love to know what art I'd make on my own!
You want to be a human Xerox machine? Anyone can copy a photo with enough patience and use of griding. It's not like it's a complete mystery, I knew someone who did a beautiful photo real piece of work, he wasn't an artist normally and had never drawn before but he copied some photos painstakingly in pencil and just kept working at it until it was at the same level as the link you showed. Guess it just goes to prove, if you're willing to spend enough time on something, then anything is possible.