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Eloy Morales’ Phenomenal Portraits

April 6, 2014

Eloy Morales Artist Painting

Eloy Morales White Paint

Given the works’ sharp, hyperrealistic features, it would be easy to assume that these paint spattered selfies are the result of some pretty decent photography and editing. You would, however, be wrong. The images are, in fact, super-realistic self portraits painted with all the precision of a photograph. Rather than capturing himself pixel by pixel, Eloy Morales, a 40-year-old artist from Madrid, has opted to oil paint himself into pictures that wouldn’t look out of place in a photography gallery.

Eloy Morales Red Front On

Eloy Morales Red Paint

If it weren’t for Morales standing in front of his half-finished canvases, you may well refuse to believe they’re the work of a painter. Even more astonishingly, the portraits you see here are Morales’ first attempt to paint himself, despite producing other picture perfect portraits of various models. Working in a small studio away from home so he can concentrate purely on his art, it takes Morales a solid month of eight hour days just to complete one oil painted canvas.

Eloy Morales Shaving Foam

Eloy Morales Butterflies

First picking up the paintbrush when he was four, it’s always been Morales’ dream to be a painter. After exhibiting everywhere from Italy to the United States and receiving global acclaim for his work, you could say that he’s realized his life goal. Some paintings see him smeared in shaving cream and oil paint, while other portraits play with bizarre imagery, like blanketing one of his models in delicate blue butterflies or tainted white flowers.

Eloy Morales Blue Paint

Eloy Morales Multicolored Portrait

Despite their super-realistic appearance, Morales tries to avoid tags that could pigeonhole his work into one style. Instead, he simply likes to paint and see where he ends up. “I have no special interest in becoming a hyper-realistic painter,” he says on his site. “All I want is to have my own language.”

Orange Front On

Eloy Morales Orange Paint

Instead of the traditional layering technique many oil painters use to create their masterpieces, Morales moves across the canvas section by section, slowly filling in tiny portions of the picture. The super-sized painted portraits are the result of almost 20 years of honing in on his aesthetic.

Lilac Paint

Eloy Morales Unfinished Painting

Speaking about the inspiration behind his paintings, Morales said, “It’s a conceptual self-portrait, a reflection of my complex relationship with paint.” Incredibly, he believes that the devil’s not in the details but in getting the right tonal balance from which he can create the light and shade that transform the painting from a simple self-portrait into a super-realistic facial copy. Although, for an artist who tries to avoid tags like hyper-realism, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between his phenomenal paintings and a photograph.


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Farkas Zsolt Takes on Classic Art With Incredible 3D CG Work

April 5, 2014
Farkas Zsolt 3D CG Artwork

Source: CG Society

While the photo above might appear to be a snapshot of the Benczúr Gyula’s 1885 painting, Budavár visszavétele (Buda Repossession), it’s actually the work of 3D computer graphics (CG) artist Farkas Zsolt. What began as a challenge from his wife has evolved into a near-exact replica of the classic painting. Compare the original painting (below) with his 3D CG creation (above).

Original Painting of Battle of Buda

Source: Wikipedia

To create the CG 3D models, Zsolt first analyzed the painting’s composition and determined how the characters were positioned within the 3D space. Once placed within the program, he modelled each character with a full rig, meaning that each could be animated, and “painted them.” Despite the complexity and enormity of the project, Farkas Zsolt finished the entire picture in less than a few months.

3D Modelling Positions

Source: Behance

Farkas Zsolt Detailed 3D Models

Source: Behance

Dimensions of Painting Recreation

Source: Behance

3D CG Mask Layers

Source: Behance

If you need to see the 3D creation to believe and understand it (we did), check out this incredible video, which provides an awesome behind-the-scenes look at the detail that Farkas Zsolt put into creating this GC masterpiece:


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An Extraordinary Time Lapse Of Melting Ice Crystals

March 29, 2014

Cross polarized light and a keen eye for detail have culminated in this remarkable time lapse of melting ice crystals not un-reminiscent of a Kandinsky painting. Enjoy.


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