Each sketch takes at least 15 days and sometimes even a month

Meet the Hyderabad artist who is bringing Hyper-realism to the fore
news Monday, August 24, 2015 - 17:00

The sketch looks almost like a sculpture. The perfect details with the graphite pencils on paper, is enough to leave anyone in awe. 

"I've been doing it for many years now but the attraction to realism started around two years ago," says Kumar Burra, the Hyderabadi artist behind the photo-realistic sketches.

Born in Kakinada, in the East Godavari district in AP, 30-year-old Kumar moved to Hyderabad in 2008 to do a course in animation before getting attached to sketching.


How does a standard sketch go? "I observe some high resolution photos and its details for some time till all the details are in my head. In fact, selecting a subject is harder than sketching it," he adds.

Each sketch takes at least 15 days and sometimes a month, with a lot of hours put in, to complete it.

"My latest sketch 'David' took almost 200 hours. This one is close to my heart he says.


Kumar is currently a freelancer who does sketches on commission and also does interior decors for home and office spaces.

Talking about where he draws inspiration from, he says that a few European artists really attracted him and he learnt a lot by watching them. "But at the end of the day, it should still have your touch to it," he says, while adding that "It's the detail that attracts me to realism."

Kumar also says that his journey has been good so far and that he also learnt many things. "I'm a much more patient man now and I'm always striving to get better with every sketch," he adds.


Kumar also loves photography, especially street photography and has his own photography page on Facebook. He even does his own shots of the sketches.

Quitting art is not an option as far as Kumar is concerned. "I intend to put up an art show soon. Not many know about 'Hyper realism' art and I want to do what I can to spread the word."


(All sketches and images: Kumar Burra)

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