Meet Sanil Chitrakar - the talented Nepalese artist who is creating masterful portraits of footballers and A-list celebrities using simple colour pencils and sometimes even his mobile phone.


The 35-year-old dad moved to Japan 10 years ago for his studies and has been a hidden art gem residing in the city of Yokohama - just south of capital Tokyo - ever since.


Looking at his work and the way he handles different art mediums, it is hard to believe that Sanil taught himself everything he knows.


"Drawing has always been a part of me since I was a kid," Sanil told Central European News. "I am a self-taught artist.


"Before life was always busy and I couldn't get much time to draw seriously, until I had my first daughter - that is about three years ago. I had to babysit her which gave me a lot of free time," he added.


Time lapse videos shared by Sanil with CEN show just how his incredible colour pencil artworks take shape, with his most recent masterpiece being one of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard.


He pieces together the portrait of Gerrard in his iconic Reds shirt over the course of several sped-up minutes and the results are breathtakingly realistic.


Another video of Sanil creating a digital drawing of former Three Lions captain David Beckham is equally impressive - because he drew it on his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using an S Pen.


But being a fan of Spain’s Barcelona, Sanil has unsurprisingly also paid homage to the Catalan club’s favourite Ronaldinho as well as arguably the best player in the history of the sport: Lionel Messi.


When asked about "Barca", Sanil said: "Ronaldinho was the one who attracted me to Barcelona and then the arrival of Messi took me to a whole new level as a Barca fan."


"I would say Messi is my favourite," he admitted.


Sanil says being an artist is his full-time profession, and things are going well, so he plans to keep them that way.


But that does not mean he does not have any personal ambitions.


"My dream is to get autographs of all the players on the original drawings of mine," he said, calling it a "crazy dream" that he one day hopes to turn into a reality.


He added: "For that sole reason, I haven’t sold any of my original drawings - even though people have made a lot of offers for them."

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