Art by Moses Sabayi

Approach to creating realistic colored pencil drawings


This is the second largest note in Kenya after 1000 shilling note. The drawing took me approximately 4 hrs and 98% of the time was spent on just the details. I believe that for one to achieve great realism in hyper realistic or photo realistic drawings, one should pay a lot of attention on the details no matter how tiny they are, also light and shadow is quite an important factor. Knowing where your light is coming from helps a lot in creating realistic drawings. It helps one put the light and shadows in the right place and also lighten up small details like on the 500 shilling note, you can see how those small folds are standing out….

Contrast too is an important factor that many realistic artists don’t put much focus on, this can be achieved by mixing colored pencils with markers or paints to increase the contrasts because i believe they have a very high contrast.

Watch me draw that 500 shilling note on my YouTube Channel and let me know what you think on the comments.

Thank you see you soon!!!!

Emmy Kalia

Here is an amazing page where artists can learn various tutorials on how to improve in their drawings. Personally i enjoy watching her as she draws, and i have gained some knowledge from her YouTube channel.

Drawing Donald Trump

I did this drawing on may last year and as he becomes the president, thought it would be cool if i post it again.

Owls drawing TBT

Can’t forget how owls used to and still my favorite birds. I used graphite pencils with cross, stippling and shading type of rendering. 

Killer whales invasion


Did you watch my painting killer whales invasion on YouTube? 

Killer whale invasion


When it comes to painting, i love using Killer whales as my subject and just one but a school of them. This is a surreal, fantasy kind of painting whereby it depicts an invasion of killer whales. I also love the nebula, of course because of it’s beauty and some few shining stars. I also did this painting as a 1000subs special to celebrate all those who always tune into my channel to watch my videos.

This is a watercolor on an embossed paper. Although i wouldn’t recommend much using embossed paper since it gets really wet when applying washes.

Also the full painting is available on my YouTube channel

See you soon.



Why didn’t great artists achieve the level of realism achieved today?


Just like music, art changes. Different styles and new techniques comes to limelight as centuries goes by. For instance, look at the classical music and hip hop music, quite a great change right? In art, look at renaissance paintings like the Mona Lisa and compare it to today’s hyper realism paintings, drawings and sculptures, see the difference.

So why did Why didn’t great artists achieve the level of realism achieved today? is it the materials they used, is it the time they lived in, or maybe there were certain limitations artist’s had when creating realistic art. In comparison to today’s art, if you google hyper realistic or realistic art, any other person who knows little about art would not believe that someone really created this with his bare hands. Interestingly, there are so many notable artists today who create such work. So, why the difference, what do you think led to such an incredible improvement in art, or are they just two different things?

What do you think?

Before and after 

Good things actually takes time… Patience pays. 

1000subs. Thank you so much

Hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!We just hit 1000 subscribers on my YouTube channel….thank you so much for all those who take their time to watch my new videos. This year there’s a lot installed for you guys and I promise to create more and more content and start using new mediums and styles.

Thanks again

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