A 23 year old Ghanaian artist is making a name for himself in the world of art by producing paintings of astonishing quality using an ordinary pencil.
Among the paintings Theophilus Boateng Kwaku Sarpong, who goes by the name Theopencil, has produced are iconic figures such as Kwame Nkrumah who led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first prime minister. Nelson Mandela, the late president of South Africa is also depicted in a painting that resembles a photo.
Theopencil has also produced near life-like images of former UN secretary general, Kofi Anann as well as that of Jerry Rawlings, another former Ghanaian head of state.
Surprisingly, Theopencil has no formal education in art. He started drawing at the age of eight when he became obsessed with drawing cartoons for fun. Gradually he started drawing human figures, which accentuated his skill to a new level.