Editor’s Note: For full effect, we suggest viewing the images in this series before reading about them.

Talented Spanish artist Eloy Morales has created an eye-catching series of self portraits with an interesting catch – they’re not photographs, they’re paintings.

If you’re like me, you probably first thought that these were simply photographs of an artist who had covered his face in paint. However, that’s not the case – Morales painstakingly painted each one by hand. The last image reveals that this is indeed the case.

His work combines an astounding technical mastery of his art with an emotional understanding and depiction of his subject – whether it’s himself, as in the images we’ve shown, or someone else.

If you’re impressed with these paintings, we strongly suggest visiting his website. The rest of his work is sure to impress and amaze you.

Source: eloymorales.es (via)