It's not uncommon for skilled artists to already show signs of their genius from an early age. However, for Japanese artist ハンカチ Hankachi (@koutyakizoku), their work was already astonishing as as student.

Consider this drawing he completed in middle school:

Reproduced with permission from ハンカチ Hankachi (@koutyakizoku)

In a style he excelled at in his early years, they drew only in black lines, creating intricate near-future cityscapes with effective use of perspective lines. In this drawing, staircases, ducts, arches, bridges, and various other architectural and infrastructure elements are included, revealing Hankachi's sense of world-building already at such as young age. The futuristic clock tower and other towers in the background add interest to the scene.

When Hankachi Tweeted this drawing, in juxtaposition to their current work, it quickly went viral, garnering over 140,000 likes and 11,600 retweets at the time of writing.

People weren't only surprised at how good they were as a student, but at how they became even more skilled later in life.

This is the second illustration he posted in the Tweet:

Reproduced with permission from ハンカチ Hankachi (@koutyakizoku)

The photo-realistic painting represents the area near Osaka Station and shows a very high level of skill. From the complex architectural forms to the street, with cars and trucks in all their detail, trees, and more, and the way the light hits the scene and reflects on the glass panels of the buildings, it's an impressive piece of work.

Some of the comments the Tweet elicited were:

  • "This is you in middle school? Your skills were already off the charts!"
  • "Wow! (I have no words...)"
  • "That's not a middle-schooler's work..."
  • "No wonder you were introduced on TV. What a genius!"
  • "I've never seen Osaka Station look so beautiful."
  • "Your landscape painting is so intricate, I have nothing but respect for you."

Here are more examples of Hankachi's photo-realistic paintings:

西天満四丁目 4-Chome Nishi-Tenman (Osaka)

梅新東 Umeshin-higashi intersection (Osaka)

If you'd like to enjoy more of Hankachi's amazing artwork, follow them on Twitter or Instagram.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.