The Fantastic Celebrity Pencil Drawings of Denis Poirier – with Exclusive Interview

Pxleyes.com proudly presents a showcase of traditional art, materialized into 40 amazing pencil drawings – most of famous people. These detailed and photo-realistic portraits have been done by a very skilled artist, who finds the perfect way of expressing himself when having a pencil in his hand and a piece of paper. We are talking about Denis Poirier, who was kind enough to share with us some thoughts and ideas about his drawings in an exclusive interview. Let’s see what he has to say!
Q: Hello and welcome to pxleyes.com community. Please tell us a few words about who Denis Poirier is.
A: I am a French-Canadian and live in Montreal. I’ve had a few nervous breakdowns that got me very introspective. That’s why I’m a loner. I find that people are too often living aside from themselves for useless considerations like sex, religion, traditions and social pressure. I think there are too many judges and hangmen in our world and that art has too much to do with money.

Kiss Her “Kiss Her”

Q: You have an amazing talent for traditional drawing. When did you discover this quality of yours?
A: I have always been attracted by art. My mother used to be an amateur opera singer and also drew and painted. My first love was writing as I discovered poetry and surrealism in my late teens. Then, of course, I was pulled towards abstraction, but I started figuration for my kids, reproducing cartoon characters when I was somewhere around thirty-four years old. From there on, it led quickly to portraits.

Naomi Watts “Naomi Watts”

Q: How do you feel about digital drawings, paintings and photomanipulation?
A: As long as it remains creation, I think it’s ok. But I prefer the contact with the paper, holding the pencil between my fingers, working the matter on the sheet, shading and working the light, erasing, modifying things, feeling tired and sometimes exhausted, feeling pain in the neck, the back, the hand. I always thought drawing should be physically demanding, that you should feel having gained something with your efforts. Creation should be hard.

Tom Ford “Tom Ford”

Q: What kind of materials do you use?
A: Light is the main thing. Can’t go anywhere without it. Pencils too. Paper doesn’t matter, you can draw on anything, wood, metal, toilet paper. I also use sandpaper, q-tips, kleenex, rulers. I think you must trust your ideas, never disregard anything that could help you obtain what you feel is right, even if it looks stupid. Try it before you trash it!

Youssuf Karsh “Youssuf Karsh”

Q: Do you make portraits of real life people, photo-remakes or just invented characters?
A: I have made many portraits of people, the only ones that ever got me paid. But I don’t anymore. The reason for it is that I always feel limited by what people expect. When I think a photograph or a picture needs modifications, I do it. Some people don’t like that; you can’t “harm” what they gave you, it’s like cheating or lying to them. But some pictures need improvement – or at least what I see as improvements.

Ben Affleck “Ben Affleck”

Q: Your drawings are very photo-realistic. Please give a little piece of advice for the newbies starting out there in this field.
A: It is your perception that it is unique. Never try to be like this one or that one. Never try to do your art like someone else. Even if you want to, it will never be the same. Start with simple things, it builds up your confidence. As you go on, you will need to do harder things, more detailed things. The only pressure you might feel is the one you put on yourself. It’s not a question of time, there is no race in art. Get used to observe everything around you, even if you will never draw all you see, it will teach you to trust your vision of things, the way light works, the way shadows appear, the difference in aspects, in shades, in sizes. The process is as important as the result.
Bikini Babe “Bikini Babe”

Mean Looking Guy

Mean Looking Guy

Ted Turner

Ted Turner

Will Smith and Wife

Will Smith and Wife

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Ann Sheridan

Ann Sheridan

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Joe Libermann

Joe Libermann

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

Meg Tilly

Meg Tilly

Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Bundchen

Richard Gere

Richard Gere

Baz Lurhmann

Baz Lurhmann

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Tandy Newton

Tandy Newton

Erikah Badu

Erikah Badu

Kirk and Spock

Kirk and Spock

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

Lana Turner

Lana Turner

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Robert Altman

Robert Altman

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Al Pacino

Al Pacino

Ichiro

Ichiro

Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni

Anjelina Jolie

Anjelina Jolie

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Albert Einstein the Great

Albert Einstein the Great

Renee Zelwegger

Renee Zelwegger

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

The King Leo

The King Leo

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8 Responses:

  1. funvblog says:

    Gisele Bundchen looks stunning awesome in pencil drawing too…

    ( 2 years and 566 days ago )
  2. mandy says:

    That is Jennifer, not Meg Tilly.

    ( 2 years and 566 days ago )
  3. S. says:

    ‘Will Smith and WIFE’? She’s an actress too, idiot… Her name’s Jada Pinkett Smith.. How much more sexist and ignorant could you be? The drawings are great, sure, but that’s just dumb.

    ( 2 years and 566 days ago )
  4. depoi says:

    Why can’t i defend myself?

    ( 2 years and 562 days ago )
  5. inwhite says:

    Hi!, incredible technic but you are not using art to tell a different story that photography could do. I’m really impressed with your skills but your drawings in this blog are empty of soul.

    ( 2 years and 557 days ago )
  6. Anonymous says:

    Giulia don’t listen to these hateful people. I’m sorry that there are so many miserable people out there just living to bring others down. You are very talented. I’m in awe of your work.

    ( 2 years and 358 days ago )
  7. Lyssa! says:

    The first time that i saw your drawings i just about fell out of my chair! You are an amazing artist & i hope that you continue to draw!

    ( 2 years and 262 days ago )
  8. 1` says:

    this is amazing I’m learning to draw my self and your technique is simply amazing, does anyone know who the 1st one is a drawing of in the “kiss me” drawing?

    ( 2 years and 230 days ago )

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