Don't be mistaken: not every "photograph" was taken by a camera. Some were conceived in the minds of ultra talented people, like American artist Rod Penner. This guy comes up with astonishingly real images. He depicts some very mundane scenes... small cities, suburbs, things that you would not take a second glance at, but with these paintings you just feel the urge to keep looking and analyzing in awe for not being actual photographs. For more of Rod Penner's work, please visit his personal portfolio! I hope your minds are blown just like mine! Cheers. ;)
Hyperrealism is probably one of the trickiest styles of illustration you can get. Duplicating photographs, with a true sense of lighting, texture, depth, is definitely a true challenge for anyone venturing on this road. But it seems that Paul Cadden has mastered the art of hyperrealism as you can see in his pieces below. Some really stunning examples of how talented Paul is. Of course, these are only a handful of his artworks. For more of it, check out his personal portfolio. He'll definitely enjoy it! Cheers. ;)
Is it a photograph or a painting? It's normal to ask that question after you see some of Keng Lye's work, the level of realism on his paintings is incredible. This series is called "Alive without Breath" and it's all created by layering epoxy resin and acrylic paint. For more from Keng Lye visit his DeviantART Gallery and his Facebook. Keng uses a technique based on Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori who would paint 3D gold fish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it's such an odd process that results in something that's both a painting and sculptural. I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore. For more from Keng Lye visit his DeviantART Gallery and his Facebook.
Sculptures are awesome, aren't they? From those tiny comics statues to the famous, big marble ones all over the world, sculptures have always been one of the greatest ways for artists to express themselves through the making of human figures (and more). And these hyper-realistic sculptures are really exquisite and well done. They are the work of Avatar Sculpture Works, which represents the works of sculptors Jamie Salmon and Jackie K. Seo. A truly great collab studio that shows off some outstanding pieces of true art. For more of their fantastic work, please, check out their website. It's totally worth it. I hope you enjoy these. Cheers! ;) Jamie Salmon Jackie K Seo