At first glance, Dan Pietens‘ most recent graphite sketch of former NHL player, Eric Lindros looks like a photograph.
But the life-long portrait actually took him 44 hours to complete, he’ll assure you. Don’t believe him?
Just watch the time lapse video on Youtube:
“People really like the time lapses,” he said. “It also helps when people say these are photographs. They’re not drawings.”
The self-taught artist got serious about drawing during the pandemic. “When COVID hit and I was going through some mental health challenges, that’s when I picked up my pencils again,” said Pietens.
“I had done a whole bunch of commissions of dogs and family portraits and a few golfers,” he said. But when the NHL season finally started amid the pandemic, Pietens, a longtime hockey fan, was inspired to draw NHL players.
His first subject was Peter Forsberg, Pietens all-time favourite player.
“I finally felt like I had developed my skills enough to the point where, you know, I could do him some justice.”
Pietens, 31, gave up a career as a physiotherapist a couple of years ago, after struggling with anxiety. He pursued a few other jobs before landing on his passion and today is a full-time artist today who is catching the attention of the NHL with his life-like drawings.
“The NHL has shared the majority of my drawings,” said Pietens. And as a result, NHLers have been seeing Pietens’ work, including Lindros. “I was just floored because, you know, he’s he’s an idol of mine,” he said.