12/12/2012 11:49 GMT | Updated 11/02/2013 05:12 GMT

Photorealistic Drawings: Can You Tell The Difference?

When we've featured photorealistic drawings in the past on HuffPost Culture, it's proven surprisingly divisive.

To some people, the idea of reproducing a photograph by paint or pencil so that you can barely tell the two apart is pointless: why not just look at the photo?

For others, the lack of imagination is made up for by the awesome display of skill, technique and patience it takes to produce a genuinely photorealistic image. Look at it this way: all it would take is the slightest imperfection to shatter the illusion.

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Looking at Diego Koi's handiwork - the result of over 200 hours of painstaking work - we find ourselves falling into the latter category.

Called 'Sensation', the Italian claims to have received thousands of emails from people astonished by his black and white image of a woman.

Koi's work has proved popular enough to secure news exhibitions in Italy and Singapore in 2013.

What do you think? Awe-inspiring or a waste of time?

Diego Koi Drawing