See Why These Mesmerizing Pen-Based Drawings Are Going Viral

All this artist needs is a standard-issue drugstore pen and a blank canvas.

UK-based artist Olivia Kemp (@LivvyKemp) uses predominantly pen for her incredibly detailed art.

If you enjoyed the mind-bending 3-D optical illusions made by this Japanese artist, you'll be stunned by the gloriously detailed drawings of UK-based artist Olivia Kemp.

Kemp's artwork, which consists largely of black-and-white, elaborate renditions of expansive landscapes, has gone viral because of its mesmerizing attention to detail.

. 10 days to finish *retreats to panic bunker*

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But there's another reason her drawings have thoroughly captured the Internet's attention: she does all of her work almost entirely with nothing but a pen.

. This time last year 💚

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You have to figure she buys them in bulk.

#Repost from @royaldrawingschool with … Prince and Patron opens at Buckingham Palace this Saturday 21st July. The special exhibition marks the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales, and features drawings by six Royal Drawing School alumni. We are featuring them all here on Instagram over the next few days! Olivia Kemp, The Where That Was, (180 x 115cm) @livvykemp The Where That Was, was commissioned as the centrepiece for a recent solo exhibition in Guernsey. The drawing is the culmination of my time spent on the island and it was completed back in my London studio. I spent a month making drawings whilst Artist in Residence on Guernsey and used this research to inform this final work. The imagined island uses motifs and places I came across whilst working there and talking to local people. It tries to bring together the architecture, plants and landscape that felt particular to Guernsey. Hidden symbols, sections and familiar places are scattered through the drawing like breadcrumbs for those who know the island well. #drawing #princeandpatron @royal_collection_trust #guernsey #penandink #pendrawing #linedrawing #contemporarydrawing @clarencehouse #buckinghampalace

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Her large-scale drawings often consist of country scenes featuring stately palaces and lush gardens. Every brick on the building and needle on the cactus is carved in with care.

. Garden growing 🌱

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"I draw in order to make sense of landscape but also to construct and re model it," Kemp wrote in the artist's statement on her website. "I build worlds and imaginary places that grow out of a need to interpret the sites that I have known, expanding and developing them across a page. This encompasses everything, from the visions of a grand landscape right down to the details of the land, the plants and creatures that may inhabit it. "

The results are nothing short of astonishing.

If you'd like to see more of Kemp's pieces, you can check our her Twitter or Instagram. And for more viral art, check out how This Japanese Artist's Insane "Balloon Sculptures" Will Astonish You.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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