Currently when you google the phrase “Diego Koi,” the majority of the links thrown back have to do with koi ponds in San Diego. That situation is surely not long for this world (wide web). Self-taught Italian artist Diego Fazio, who goes by DiegoKoi on his Deviant Art page, is racking up major Google points as we speak. Why? Because with only a pencil and paper, he can do this:
Diego Fazio's Photorealistic Pencil Drawings 1
Diego Fazio's Photorealistic Pencil Drawings 2Diego Fazio – 22-year-old “self-appointed” artist from Italy. He started as a tattoo artist, but for several years he practiced the art of photorealism and actually perfected it. Pencil on paper, he draws a black-and-white pictures that are almost impossible to distinguish from photographs. In 2011, in his home country, he received the award for best new artist.
Diego Fazio's Photorealistic Pencil Drawings 3

Final work

Diego Fazio's Photorealistic Pencil Drawings 4

Enjoy the process of the production of one of his last paintings, entitled “Feelings.”
Check out a selection of Fazio’s work below (plenty of eyes included), and let us know what you think. For the full trip, head to Fazio’s Deviant Art page.