Japanese artist creates stunningly realistic pen and pencil illustrations

Talented illustrator Yuuki Tokuda is well known not only on Twitter and Instagram for his original characters that have become books and merchandise, but for his incredibly lifelike drawings. His most recent work, however, may just be his best yet. With a pen, pencil, and copic marker, the impressive artist has been blowing minds on Twitter by creating an ultra-realistic squid that looks like it's been dropped on a cutting board, not a piece of paper.

The texture of the squid is so well rendered, and each detail such as moisture, tentacle curls, and an always-watching eye are recreated so well, it's hard to believe this isn't an actual squid. Even Tokuda's step-by-step process is barely convincing of it being otherwise.

This isn't the first time Tokuda has drawn such a lifelike squid, however. Two years ago he shared this equally detailed and especially shiny drawing.

Source: Yuuki Tokuda

Source: Yuuki Tokuda

Tokuda's realistic artwork resume doesn't just stop at eels--he's also drawn moray eels, as well as edamame and chicken wings that look good enough to eat!

As a change of pace though, you can also enjoy the charms of Tokuda's most fantastical art.

For more brilliantly realistic and charming artwork, follow Tokuda on Twitter, Instagram, and their official homepage as well.

By - Big Neko.