Sebastien Del Grosso is an unique artist who brings to us a completely different and perhaps unimaginable perspective of photography. His work is an amalgamation of photography and drawing – sketching to be more precise. He creates realistic effects by combining his self-made sketches and photographs. The detailing and liveliness is noticeable in every piece of his art.

Ever since his childhood, drawing has always been Sebastien Del Grosso’s passion. But when he discovered photography, he thought that the combination of these two passions would allow him to do something a little out of the ordinary, very personal, and give free rein to his imagination.

The pictures are taken inside Sebastien Del Grosso’s apartment, with a Canon 7D, a 50mm lens, and simple apartment lighting. The drawing part is made by hand on a sheet of paper, scanned, cleaned, and then partially added to the photo, with Photoshop.

Originally the idea was to create a self-portrait (“self-sketch”, the first of his series). But after some reflection, Sebastien Del Grosso thought he could make a small series, illustrating his life, in a humorous way.

The pictures are taken inside Sebastien Del Grosso’s apartment, with a Canon 7D, a 50mm lens, and simple apartment lighting. The drawing part is made by hand on a sheet of paper, scanned, cleaned, and then partially added to the photo, with Photoshop.

Sebastien Del Grosso’s pictures look very realistical. He uses a “dodge & burn” effect that is probably to blame for this. It is in fact a multitude of brush strokes, black or white, which serve to highlight, or rather mitigate some facial features, and clothing. It’s for instance possible to add some lighting where there is not, or vice versa. This treatment is intended to look like a little more like a painting than a photo. This allows the artist to make it more pleasant to the eye, between the photo and the drawing part.

From the shooting to the final image, it can take a few hours to several days for Sebastien Del Grosso to complete an image. Sometimes, he needs to take a break on an image to go back a few days later. It suddenly brings a new look, and the artist can find mistakes that he did not necessarily notice before. [25 photos total]

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