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).

Peek-A-Boo: Armenian Painter Reveals Beautiful Faces On Women’s Hands

1 Tigran Tsitoghdzyan

An oil painter since he was five years old, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan is a master on the canvas, holding his first solo exhibit at the ripe age of ten. Now well into his thirties, works by this Armenian artist are still just as awe-inspiring. In his latest Millenium series, Tsitoghdzyan created larger than life, photo realistic images that defy the natural world. Gorgeous, feminine faces emerge from the beautiful hands that attempt to hide them.

Sensual Baroque-Inspired Photography by Mariska Karto


Hailing from the Netherlands, this artist is bringing a resurgence of Baroque-style painting to her work. Instead of paint though, the artist uses her camera to create sensual and feminine images that echo the renaissance period. Her name is Mariska Karto and through her art she expresses the depths of her own mind and being. As an artist she brings all the elements of natural story telling into her photography and in the process creates a work that even the old masters could have admired.

These Are NOT Photographs: Freakishly Realistic Portrait Paintings

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Who needs a camera when your painting skills are better than photography? Korean artist Kang-hoon Kang creates large-scaled oil on canvas portraits that look way too real to be paintings- but they are. He doesn’t play it safe with flat, simple pictures, rather he shows glare and depth with a range of accessories on his subjects. With dynamic characters, each of his paintings invite the viewer to understand the person. Whether each person is being true to themselves or posing for his desired sentiment, each painting has a persona that begs the question, who am I?

Polychromatic Rainbow Rocks in Colored Pencil


Using a heated Icarus Art Drawing Board, which she invented, Italian artist Ester Roi creates beautiful, photorealistic pictures that explore the interaction of water with nature. Perfectly capturing the depth of reflection and refraction with colored pencils, artist crayons and oil pastels, this series called Rocks and Water is absolutely stunning. She uses the heat of the Icarus board to melt the waxy pigments so that she can blend them like paint to achieve the shine and iridescence that water gives, achieving an unbelievable degree of realism with a magical, almost abstract, effect.

Photo-Realistic Portraits Drawn with Chalk


We’ve all had our eyes fooled by artists with photorealistic techniques such as Pedro Campos’ picture perfect oil paintings, Paul Cadden’s hyperrealistic pencil drawings, Samuel Silva’s ballpoint pen drawing, and Nathan Welsh’s city paintings, but never before had we seen it done with chalk…until now! Rubén Belloso Adorna of Seville, Spain creates enormous portraits that are so detailed, you would not believe they are not photographs, but they are actually drawings made with chalk pastels. You can see the true magnitude of each drawing when you see the photos of Adorna working on them, yet even when you zoom in and look closely they still look like a high definition photo.