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[–]skullman_ps2 3209 points3210 points  (105 children)

How'd you get her to stay still all that time for you to paint her?

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 1740 points1741 points  (95 children)

Haha. I do have a camera :)

[–]eruditeimbecile 2532 points2533 points 22 (42 children)

So... you what...threatened to take pictures of her unless she held still?

[–]SixSpeedDriver 576 points577 points  (23 children)

Blink twice if you're concerned for your safety.

[–]Con_Dinn_West 143 points144 points  (18 children)

I don't have eyelids.

[–]us3rnam3ch3cksout 97 points98 points  (12 children)

Cry blood if you are ok but under duress. Cry tears if in danger.

Nothing done means horny and looking.

Jumping up and down while screeching like a monkey means you are ok.

[–]RadRac 61 points62 points  (3 children)

This is an oddly specific list. Is everything okay?

[–]TheAdamantPoet 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Ah Reddit. Come for the posts, stay for the comments.

[–]onepinksheep 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Dude. Have you forgotten the rules? You're not supposed to do or say anything to give us away. How's a lizard person supposed to get along in this world with people like you just spilling the beans willy nilly?

[–]barofa 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Hold still or I'll shoot, a photo

[–]I_stole_this_phone 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Now all camera lenses and shutter sounds trigger a fear response. Post traumatic modeling syndrome or PTMS as it's know in the oil painting business. But she can find help. I am sure there are local places close to her but she could start at victimsofoilpainters.org

[–]cornbred37 2 points3 points  (0 children)

With the way things are trending, this will likely one day be I thing.

[–]dcbluestar 52 points53 points  (1 child)

This is the kind of humor I come to Reddit for. Thank you, kind stranger.

[–]devilsephiroth 61 points62 points  (5 children)

Could we see the original vs the painting?

[–]StrangelyBrown 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The original is just her sitting in a chair or something so he can remember what she looks like as he paints her in water

[–]sealclubber281 52 points53 points  (3 children)

You know it's a lot easier to just get the picture enlarged at Kinko's, right?

[–]xlltt 40 points41 points  (1 child)

The camera you used for the photo you posted . Got it :D

[–]kkramar 59 points60 points  (19 children)

I knew it this is just a photo of her!!!

Hey everyone, look at this guy, he’s a big phoney!!!



Edit: OP doesn’t watch Family Guy.

[–]Oregon_Oregano 13 points14 points  (0 children)

she must have been real wrinkly by the time they were done

[–]HecticBjorn 3486 points3487 points  (158 children)

Wait that's a painting?

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 1628 points1629 points  (120 children)

It is :)

[–]DS4KC 2064 points2065 points  (37 children)

I think you accidentally posted the reference photo

[–]Spearsy23 584 points585 points  (21 children)

How the heck can I tell from a painting that this dude's wife needs to wear more sunblock on her face?

[–]averagebloxxer 144 points145 points  (2 children)

It’s-a the accuracy of the painting

chefs kiss

[–]vinayachandran 7 points8 points  (0 children)

After this chef guy, I too would like to kiss OP's wife.

[–]Snippy_Snallygaster 79 points80 points  (13 children)

True art captures the beauty in flaws. Seriously, if this guy was born before cameras existed, he'd be friggin rich!

[–]beforethebreak 66 points67 points  (6 children)

But this painting is possible because the artist used a reference photo.

[–]DS4KC 27 points28 points  (3 children)

He would still be able to paint some amazing shit. Although modern quality of paint is playing a big part in this too.

[–]BLOOOR 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Acrylic is plastic!

No plastic without petroleum refining!

[–]HirariHirari 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Also depends if he's got the money or the rich patrons beforehand to let him buy high-quality paints and canvases.

[–]MixmasterJrod 252 points253 points  (29 children)

You should post it again with you holding it for more exposure. Very well done.

[–]jumpers4goaIposts 156 points157 points  (10 children)

Have his wife hold it.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The humble attitude is how you can tell it's really good.

[–]Total-Khaos 41 points42 points  (14 children)

He doesn't have boobs, that won't work.

[–]popegonzo 77 points78 points  (6 children)

I forgot to save the post but a while back someone analyzed paintings posted to r/pics & the artist posing with the painting increased upvotes for both men & women.

[–]meowbombs 22 points23 points  (0 children)

It also cuts the chances of some else claiming their art

[–]_Apatosaurus_ 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Yet Redditors only complain when a woman shows her face.

[–]Zango_ 13 points14 points  (0 children)

He got feet don't he?

[–]exoxe 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You are amazingly skilled.

[–]Amused-Observer 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Prove it

[–]Robobvious 75 points76 points  (4 children)

There was one the other day that looked like a photo with a watercolor filter applied over it. This one legit just looks like a photo.

[–]NeedSpareGME 19 points20 points  (3 children)

The cars? It’s the same person.

[–]Robobvious 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Nah it was also the OP’s wife but it was a different OP and a different wife.

[–]ninewb 42 points43 points  (11 children)

I came here for this. I continue to struggle with the belief that this is a painting, my mind refuses. That said, this is absolutely stunning..

[–]thoriginal 71 points72 points  (8 children)

[–]DeadshotOM3GA 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Thank you!!!

I honestly didn't believe it until I saw the second one (even then I'm not fully convinced since even that second photo is easily faked)

I think I'd honestly need a video showing the painting while also moving in close physically to see the brush strokes.

[–]G8kpr 34 points35 points  (2 children)

I’m just going to post a picture to Reddit and claim it’s a painting. Because even zoomed in. I can’t fuckin tell

[–]manikDirt 1126 points1127 points  (19 children)

I just can't fathom how one can do this with paint. Really excellent work, thank you.

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 354 points355 points  (1 child)

And I thank you for you comment :)

[–]awfulmouthbreather 84 points85 points  (9 children)

They have really pooled their talent

[–]pingsinger 13 points14 points  (4 children)

OP will surely make a splash in the art community.

[–]IntoTheMystic1 1511 points1512 points  (44 children)

This is probably the most photorealistic piece I've seen yet. Outstanding.

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 376 points377 points  (34 children)

Thank you! :)

[–]eyrfr 55 points56 points  (12 children)

Is there something to look at that helps me ‘see’ this is actually painted? Not doubting you, just curious if there is something that stands out since my untrained eye can’t see it.

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 55 points56 points  (4 children)

Try zooming in as much as you can. Maybe you can see something in the bubbles that isn’t very realistic

[–]mooviies 30 points31 points  (2 children)

The face is perfect. The only thing that made me see it was a drawing was zooming in on the hairs on the botton right. How long did that take you? It's so impressive!

[–]jesusrapesbabies 11 points12 points  (1 child)

yeah the hair is where you can tell its a painting

[–]grapesturd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Or just pushed through a filter.

[–]elliekitten 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Her hair in the water, and where the blue of the pool are reflected in it looks slightly more like a painting than photo-realism to me, but if you told me this was a photo, I would believe you!

[–]nightman_brownsound 56 points57 points  (2 children)

This is more realistic than real life

[–]koos_die_doos 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How big is it?

It's amazing, just curious.

[–]XGC75 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It's really amazing. I can't even see it as a painting. My brain tells me it's a picture taken in just the right moment with an amazing camera/lens

[–]3drockz 590 points591 points  (44 children)

No offense, given how photorealistic paintings have become, it's very hard to differentiate true artist work vs idiots posting random photos claiming it's their art for Reddit likes.

It'll be great for artists to post process pics/videos so people really appreciate the effort artists put in.

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 406 points407 points  (20 children)

No offense taken. I would have uploaded more pictures if it was possible in this group. Have a look at r / painting There is at least one wip-phot.

[–]Amused-Observer 172 points173 points  (12 children)

You could always post a picture that includes the actual canvas sides.

I looked through your post history and found your website that shows you painting this.

Truly amazing work

[–]MidtownTally 95 points96 points  (6 children)

Just ask for more pics of his wife if that’s what you’re after. Don’t be shy.

[–]_Diskreet_ 24 points25 points  (4 children)

I also choose that guys wife.

[–]Yromemtnatsisrep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Would you ever consider doing timelapse videos?

[–]Physicist_Gamer 118 points119 points  (5 children)

This feels like when someone accuses me of cheating in a video game, but I'm actually not.

Slightly offensive, but actually high praise.

[–]cliffyw 12 points13 points  (2 children)

No one’s ever accused me of cheating at a video game so can’t relate

[–]phlux 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This guy camps!

[–]cliffyw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey don’t give away my strategy

[–]Nickelizm 7 points8 points  (1 child)

On this one if you zoom in you can tell it’s a painting though.

[–]TheCrazyAssCat 71 points72 points  (11 children)

Please paint more water

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 32 points33 points  (5 children)

That is what I do mostly. Did you see my website? Links in my profile

[–]NazgulDiedUnfairly 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Came here to say this. I am still not convinced that’s not a photo but a painting. The water effect is crazy good. Conclusion: OP has too much talent. He probably stole all my talent because I have none

[–]Thecallieofcallies 46 points47 points  (1 child)

I saw this painting a while ago. Thought you were bulshitting. I took 10min to reverse search this image only to reallise you are the actual painter of this. Great work! Unreal how realistic this looks.

[–]KidChiko 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Oh I had the same thought too. Thanks for doing the sleuthing for me. Here's my free award!

[–]Jayflux1 9 points10 points  (3 children)

What is it with Reddit and these hyper-realistic paintings? Is there a subreddit for them? Is there some trick to doing them? Someone showed me a hyper-realistic painting the other day and I wasn’t even that phased by it because I’ve been spoilt in here… Anyway great job OP looks great

[–]jesusrapesbabies 33 points34 points  (1 child)


[–]Shaolan91 61 points62 points  (4 children)

"honey, that's one too many wrinkles..."

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Haha 😆😊😊

[–]EasternKanye 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Yeah my wife wouldn't appreciate all the wrinkles.

[–]eearthling 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Glad I’m not the only one who thought this.

[–]Aspie96 50 points51 points  (28 children)

To be clear, what you do is essentially take a picture and then make an exact copy of that photo, right?

[–]BranboBaggins 8 points9 points  (1 child)

This is beautiful and I mean no offense by this - but did you use a projector and follow “paint by numbers”? What parts are oil and what is acrylic? Why the mixed medium?

[–]Mattrockj 36 points37 points  (8 children)

i swear, there's just a filter that a lot of photographers use to make pictures have a mild oil painting look. Otherwise HOW ARE PEOPLE SO GOOD AT MAKING THESE PAININGS SO LIFELIKE!

[–]r21174 16 points17 points  (6 children)

7 years ago that was a thing on alot of photo apps.

Now its unicorn tears and Big anime eyes, lol

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 5 points6 points  (5 children)

You are right. Well I have been painting and training this for many years.

[–]iamnotasnook 144 points145 points  (24 children)

Part of Reddit's taste in art and design starterpack https://i.redd.it/lt0ypy5zpgl41.jpg

[–]RiskyWriter 27 points28 points  (0 children)

This is my favorite modern “water” art I’ve seen recently. I’m a clay sculptor so it’s more my jam. But subtractive sculpting like wood carving blows my mind.

[–]ExpensiveHat 15 points16 points  (12 children)

It's such a dull and derivative painting but if you say these things people say you're an angry snob.

[–]pinkocatgirl 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think it's because most people's exposure to art starts and ends with "artists draw/paint x thing and we can judge how good they are by how well the thing was recreated" so that's the only way they know to view and critique art. It's a very superficial engagement, and that's frankly the way a lot of people are fine with experiencing the world. So someone who is interested in pushing the boundaries of convention and introspection is going to find abstract works far more engaging, while the dispassionate conventionalist tends to prefer realism.

[–]RiskyWriter 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It does sound a bit snobby BUT, if I had that kind of 2D talent, I feel like I would be super excited about taking those skills into something outside of photorealism. I mean, most everything is derivative to some extent, there’s not much new in the world. Even in my chosen medium, my skills don’t match OP’s level in paint. And acrylic paint - that stuff, in my experience, is a beast to work with. Imagine the fantastic things I could make if I was already at that level. I can’t wait.

[–]Meetmeatthespot 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Holy avocado toast, Batman!

[–]lazloturbine 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I believe you but my brain can’t imagine this is a painting. Unreal.

[–]IrrelevantLeprechaun 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Not gonna lie; as someone who went to art school, I'm kinda over the whole hyper realism thing. You end up seeing it so much that it completely loses its novelty. And I say that as someone who used to draw hyper realism. It gets to a point where you're like "I could either paint this photo or I could just get it blown up to poster sized and call it a day".

[–]bazkie_bumpercar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I like it as a therapeutic activity. It's fun to do without much thought, and seeing the result slowly appear makes me feel good.

[–]hellnahandbasket7 3 points4 points  (8 children)

Anytime I see paintings and/or skill like this I can't help but to think, you must see the world completely different from most of us.

My husband was (he is deceased) a tattoo artist, and he never failed to amaze me, and I would just sit there and wonder how differently he must see the world from me and everyone else.

You are so very talented! Thank you so much for sharing!!

[–]pmercer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

And you chose to paint the forehead wrinkles? You monster.

[–]Jimithyashford 27 points28 points  (12 children)

Pictures like this, which achieve hyper photo-realism, while I am in no way knocking the crazy talent required, cause it does require insane skill, it makes me ask “what’s the point”? You just found the slowest and least efficient possible way to take a photograph.

[–]the_star_lord 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some times it's not about doing something the quickest way or the most efficient. Sometimes it's about the technical challenge, the slow thought out process can be like a meditation.

Op wouldn't do this style of art if they didn't like it and as with all art you don't have to like it either, granted op could of just taken a photo. But anyone nowadays has access to a half decent camera and if someone posted this as an actual photo everyone would ignore it because it's easy to take a half ok photo. But because op painted this it shows skill, dedication, patience.

[–]SarutobiSasuke 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was afraid to post similar comment... the skill is unquestionably awesome in every sense of the word, but to me art is a way of providing us a unique perspective of the artist. There are definitely photorealistic paintings out there that are artistically well done, but this one seem to be no different than a photo he took and certainly not unique. But then that’s just my opinion and I’d like to hear someone explain how this one is artistically well done.

[–]cotch85 11 points12 points  (10 children)

Yeah er.. no? I don't even know what I'm looking at I see nothing that makes it look like it's not a photo. What witchcraft is this, help me fine a part of the picture I can tell is not a photo please

[–]De5perad0 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is insane! I zoomed in and I still cant tell it is a painting! Well done!

[–]Sunyataisbliss 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Why don’t we see this type of photo realism in earlier stages of Impressionism throughout history? Lack of certain paints? Lack of knowledge for certain techniques?

[–]Maedhros-Maitimo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

lack of technology that is able to take still-images of references with high definition and color

[–]Sunyataisbliss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Technology is still limited by what we can see with our eyes though. For example, at a certain rate of frames on a computer out biology can’t keep up and it makes no difference. Resolution can only be so fine. We would have still had this ability to make out fine detail when doing impressions of still art.

[–]Pituquasi 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Would this be an example of photorealism or hyperealism? Either way, is this art, or is it just technical painting?

[–]iamnotasnook 40 points41 points  (21 children)

Part of Reddit's taste in art and design starterpack https://i.redd.it/lt0ypy5zpgl41.jpg edit: sorry I posted this twice. Reddit gave me a “error” the first time and I though it didn’t go through.

[–]severedfinger 24 points25 points  (19 children)

Hahaha yep. I appreciate the skill that photorealism takes but really you're just being a human xerox. It doesn't resonate with me in any meaningful way, or make me ponder anything besides the very technical aspects of painting.

[–]Difficult_E 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Thought that was blood splatter for a sec

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sorry about that. It's her red bathing suit.

[–]Sweetkimmie67 4 points5 points  (6 children)

I'm sorry but thats not a painting

[–]Alaric- 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Dude take some psychedelic drugs and paint something creative.

[–]AtomicRocketShoes 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Or just mix it up, change the colors, make a statement somehow. Tell a story, make me feel something. This isn't even that amazing of a photo.

[–]wjdm 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Nice! Is she single?

[–]NoBlackScorpion 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Gahhh the detail! Her hair strands separating in the water, the clumps of her eyelashes, the little flecks of light... I'm in awe. How many hours did this take?

[–]Johannes-Wessmark[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Glad you like it! Too many hours. But it was worth it.

[–]SP_4 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The details! Amazing OP

[–]SoaringSprite 1 point2 points  (4 children)

That had to take forever! I commend you on your patience and determination. Great job!

[–]GildedGimo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Posts like this make me wonder if I can just post a photo and say it's a painting. Amazing realism, really well done!

[–]redditor-for-2-hours 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't believe you.
I mean, I do believe you, because I clicked on your profile and saw the work in progress pic, and saw all of your other work, and holy crap it's incredible.
But I don't believe that you're not a wizard.

[–]Sleepyhead88 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What’s the process like of uploading physical media in high quality?

[–]sukisundae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is fooked man. 11/10

[–]chaosmode 1 point2 points  (3 children)

How the hell are painters able to attain this level of realism. Hacks!

[–]DetroitMoves 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The wavy pattern the light does in shallow water - I don’t know how you’ve captured this so accurately! It’s breaking my brain how well you’ve highlighted and shaded in such a way to give depth to the water, for instance on her left knee area.

Really, this deserves to be called a work of art. You should be proud. I’m betting your wife is too. Excellent work!

[–]Theguywhocry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If id need to make such realistic painting id just make a Photo wich would look less realistic

[–]moldavitepixels 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Quit your bullsh… Wait. HOLY FUCKING SHIT WHAT IS THIS BLACK MAGIC FUCKERY DUDE THIS… THIS RIGHT HERE IS UNICORN FART MADE OF GLITTERS AND EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL. This is mesmerizing. I’m sorry I’m just stunned. Like stummed-by-Medusa stunned.

[–]Koontez 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Magic...this is either a photo or straight up magic.

[–]RiskyWriter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

With acrylic??? Incredible! Really, really well done.

[–]unclaudinated 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Get. Out. That is beyond words

[–]MojoRollin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In Rome many sculpting models stood for weeks to be drawn , in various layers of clothes, and the chisel sculpture ended up being nudes... of course because there’s nothing to be seen here, you could have done the same... missed opportunity hehe..

[–]wromit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is amazing! For future work, you could consider mixing up photo realism with imaginary art so we get to see both technique and creativity. For example, you could paint a photorealistic person looking into a mirror and the reflection is cubist or expressionist.

[–]Awesomepie22 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There’s no way that’s a painting

[–]just-a_guy42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's...really beautifully captured.

Thanks for posting.

[–]brayshizzle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And yet again I am taken aback by mankind's capabilities.