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Artist Uses Photographic Memory to Sketch in Incredible Detail

January 28, 2015


Yap Hanzhen, an award winning 16-year-old artist with autism, is using his photographic memory to sketch some of the most historic structures throughout Japan. He has drawn The Johor Baru Old Chinese Temple (which you can see below), Sydney Town Hall and the Arulmigu Temple.

Hanzhen has published a book titled “Johor Bahru, My City, My Heritage” which highlights his sketches of some of these historical structures. To date, Hanzen has had his sketches placed in over 26 exhibits all around Japan.

Hanzhen told The Star Online, “My ambition is to be an artist, a musician and a student. I do six hours of school work and six hours of drawing every day. I want to be better.” So far, he’s done over 407 sketches in three and a half years.

You can see all of Hanzhen’s sketches on his website here.

You can read more about Hanzhen’s story on The Star Online here.