Hyper-realistic Drawings on Wood Boards

I see a LOT of hyper-realistic work these days, but when I ran across these creations by Ivan Hoo, they actually fooled me for a minute. Look at the two Starbucks cups below and you’ll see what I mean (no they’re not the same).

Artist Reaches Out and Touches His Hyperrealistic Paintings

Venezuelan artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez paints people so realistically it looks like he can reach out and touch them. In fact, he’s been posting pictures that look just like that. His recent hyperrealistic paintings are an exploration of people in water – swimming, floating, exploding from the surface – with each tiny droplet rendered so believably you would think the canvas was wet. In his whimsical progress shots, Nuñez reaches out, seemingly holding his subjects in place as he puts on the finishing touches. Be sure to check out his fantastic work on Instagram and Facebook.

Hyper-Realistic Reflections: Paintings from Jason de Graaf

To see one of Jason de Graaf’s paintings is to be tricked into believing they are real. His hyper-realistic worlds are painstaking illusions, created with his delicate brush strokes and resulting in the appearance of a high definition photograph. Much of his work revolves around reflection: from shiny metal orbs, to polished crystal skulls; each of his images is unbelievably real.

Tiny Hyper-Realistic Illustrations, Right Next to the Tools Used to Create Them

You have to get pretty close to Karla Mialynne’s work before you realize it isn’t real. To create her illustrations – which mostly feature animals like pugs and owls – she uses Prismacolor pencils, Pantone Tria markers and occasionally, acrylic paint. After each piece is complete, she photographs it with the array of tools she used to create it. How interesting to see all the colors involved!

Intricately Detailed Pen & Ink Drawings of Animals by Tim Jeffs

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With nothing more than a sketchbook and a whole bunch of uniball-power tank pens, Tim Jeffs spends 12 to 16 hours creating amazingly detailed animal portraits. The pen and ink illustrations are incredibly hyper-realistic and it’s hard to believe that the rich, black backgrounds are also created by saturated ink. Aside from being a husband to his devoted wife Jane, father to Jenna and Harrison, Creative Director in NYC, and an exceptional illustrator, Tim Jeffs was a founding member of White Zombie. His roommate at Parsons School of Design, where he graduated with a degree in illustration in the 1987, was none other than Rob Zombie and Jeffs was one of the band’s first guitarists!

Reach Out and Touch These Hyper-Realistic Paintings

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Even with a seriously close inspection, it’s hard to believe that these artworks from Robin Eley aren’t high quality photographs. Each and every detail speaks of reality, from beautifully rendered hair to the glisten in his subject’s eyes. His luminous skin tones contrast with the transparent hues of the cellophane plastic that often folds around their bodies… and it’s all rendered in just oil paint on Belgian linen.

On Location: Intimate New Work from James Rieck

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James Rieck has made a name for himself over the past years by drawing us in to explore his hyper-real portraits – images that at once seem like snapshots of real people and simultaneously make us questions our presumptions with their too perfect colors and tones. It’s like those moments after a convincing dream when you have to think: “did that really happen?” Now Rieck has released new works based on a recent uprooting from his long-time residence and studio in Baltimore, Maryland and his subsequent move to expansive and seemingly infinite Los Angeles, California. As he puts it, his new paintings are themed around “self-imposed dislocation.”

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