We’ve already looked at some unbelievably realistic drawings and paintings before (see: 25 Photorealistic Pictures Drawn with a BIC Pen and Incredibly Realistic Pencil Drawings by Paul Lung) but it’s nothing compared to what you are about to see.
This time, let’s take a look at the works of some of the world’s greatest photorealism masters – Roberto Bernardi, Steve Mills and Erich Christensen. Forget about Photoshop, Maya or 3Ds Max – these guys have gone the old school way.
Roberto Bernardi was born in Todi on the 18th of May 1974. He started to paint at a very young age and his first works in oils date back to the first half of the eighties. After an initial foray with landscapes and portraits, Bernardi turned towards a more intense and spectacular type of painting; photorealism. In this style Bernardi is most comfortable expressing his creativity while satisfying his perfectionist technical goals. He applies layers of oil paint and varnish in the traditional manner to a totally modern image, creating a wholly contemporary, unique kind of image.
Born in in 1959 in Boston, MA, photorealist oil painter Steve Mills sold his first drawing at the age of 11 and has been selling ever since. Every child drew when young, though Mills requested a pencil over crayons to get better detail. This fascination with detail became his calling card. Influenced by the works of Andrew Wyeth, his early paintings consisted mostly of landscapes. After seeing the work of Richard Estes at a show in Boston, MA, Photorealism became his passion. Today his interests are somewhat varied though his main focus is on the “extraordinarily-ordinary”.
Christensen began to develop his interest in painting, as well as botany, classical music, and gourmet cooking as a child in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eric Christensen began painting professionally in 1992. Since that time he has enjoyed amazing success and a growing reputation as a celebrated Wine Country Artist. Self-taught, he invented a watercolor technique that allows him to create images of vibrant color that go beyond the look and depth of a high quality photograph. Christensen now finds himself unique in his field. In fact he is the only known artist capable of hyperrealism through the use of standard watercolor.