Some artists are blessed in incredible talent, possessing the ability to create stunning works of art that make you think you are viewing a photograph when, in reality, these are but drawings or paintings. This is called hyperrealistic art, something that’s becoming quite popular with artists these days.

A number of people might argue that these are not art, per se, because these are but a “copy” of something real, like someone’s face. Well, those who believe that is the case are entitled to their own opinion. Those of us who know how to value the talented hand of the artists behind these hyperrealistic works of art think that these people deserve the praise they are getting.

Yes, these are not photographs. These are paintings. The first pictures would surely deceive your brain. Thankfully, this series also offers a glimpse into each artist’s world by showing a photograph of them working on these incredible pieces.

1. Gottfried Helnwein – Oil and acrylic on canvas

Photo credit: http://www.helnwein.com/werke/leinwand/bild_3469.html

Photo credit: http://www.helnwein.com/werke/leinwand/bild_3469.html

This sad portrait of a child looks surprisingly real, down to the details of her face.

Photo credit: http://www.helnwein.com/werke/leinwand/bild_3490.html

Photo credit: http://www.helnwein.com/werke/leinwand/bild_3490.html

The artist at work. See – it really is a painting!

2. Diego Fazio – Charcoal pencil

Photo credit: http://diegokoi.deviantart.com/

Photo credit: http://diegokoi.deviantart.com/

A beautiful picture of a lovely lady taking a shower or bathing in the rain?

Photo credit: http://diegokoi.deviantart.com/

Photo credit: http://diegokoi.deviantart.com/

Of course, we know better than that. Still, my mind can’t comprehend how the artist managed to make the water droplets look like they were glistening and cascading down her face.

3. Paul Cadden – Pencil on paper

Photo credit: http://paulcadden.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=61

Photo credit: http://paulcadden.com/

This was achieved using pencil? Amazing talent!

Photo credit: http://paulcadden.com/

Photo credit: http://paulcadden.com/

4. Ben Weiner – Paintings of paint

Photo credit: benweiner.com

Photo credit: benweiner.com

But it really looks like a picture!

Photo credit: benweiner.com

Photo credit: benweiner.com

5. Kelvin Okafor – Graphite pencils

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinokaforart/with/5904291207/

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinokaforart/with/5904291207/

More pencil art works. Wow!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinokaforart/with/5904291207/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinokaforart/with/5904291207/

Surreal…

6. Kamalky Laureano – Acrylic on canvas

Photo credit: http://kamalkylaureano.carbonmade.com/projects/2601363#28

Photo credit: http://kamalkylaureano.carbonmade.com/projects/2601363#28

I could swear this was a photograph!

Photo credit: http://kamalkylaureano.carbonmade.com/projects/2601392#3

Photo credit: http://kamalkylaureano.carbonmade.com/projects/2601392#3

This man’s got talent!

7. Ron Mueck – Sculpture, Mixed Materials

Photo credit: http://www.yatzer.com/ron-mueck-fondation-cartier-paris

Photo credit: http://www.yatzer.com/ron-mueck-fondation-cartier-paris

Well, what’s so special about an old couple lounging under a beach umbrella, anyway?

Photo credit: http://www.yatzer.com/ron-mueck-fondation-cartier-paris

Photo credit: http://www.yatzer.com/ron-mueck-fondation-cartier-paris

What??? Those were sculptures??? But this pic looks a bit creep, though.

8. Robert Longo – Charcoal on Mounted Paper

Photo credit: http://www.robertlongo.com/work/view/1070/5229

Photo credit: http://www.robertlongo.com/work/view/1070/5229

Boom!

Photo credit: http://www.robertlongo.com/work/view/1070/5197

Photo credit: http://www.robertlongo.com/work/view/1070/5197

Double boom!

9. Christina K – Drawing on Tinted Brown Paper

Photo credit: http://acjub.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-on-tinted-paper-Eye-350263969

Photo credit: http://acjub.deviantart.com/art/Drawing-on-tinted-paper-Eye-350263969

Well, this does look a bit like a painting (well, it is a painting!) but the way it was achieved was just plain awesome.

Photo credit: http://gaksdesigns.tumblr.com/post/48375742148/tearful-by-christina-k

Photo credit: http://gaksdesigns.tumblr.com/post/48375742148/tearful-by-christina-k

Wow! So, it is white that made the eyes look like there were reflections in it. Brilliant.

10. Lee Price – Oil on Linen

Photo credit: http://www.leepricestudio.com/painting22.html

Photo credit: http://www.leepricestudio.com/painting22.html

Sleep-eating?

Photo credit: http://www.leepricestudio.com/painting04.html

Photo credit: http://www.leepricestudio.com/painting04.html

Photograph! Not!

11. Kim Ji-Hoon – Pencil

Photo credit: http://blog.naver.com/pencilworld

Photo credit: http://blog.naver.com/pencilworld

Another amazing photograph-like drawing using pencils. Hands down.

12. Ray Hare – Acrylic Painting On Canvas

Photo credit: http://www.blazing.com/ray-hare.html?

Photo credit: http://www.blazing.com/ray-hare.html?

Awwww….surely this is a photo, right?

Photo credit: http://www.blazing.com/ray-hare.html?

Photo credit: http://www.blazing.com/ray-hare.html?

It could be a blown up photo, you know? But it’s not. It really is a painting.

13. Bryan Drury – Oil on Wood

Photo credit: http://deanproject.com/bryan_drury.html

Photo credit: http://deanproject.com/bryan_drury.html

Hats off to the artist. This looks stunningly detailed and real.

14. Samuel Silva – Ballpoint Pen

Photo credit: http://www.deviantart.com/print/30441446/

Photo credit: http://www.deviantart.com/print/30441446/

And this from a ballpoint pen? You’ve got to be kidding me, right?

15. Omar Ortiz – Oil on Linen

Photo credit: http://omarortiz.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/enfoque/

Photo credit: http://omarortiz.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/enfoque/

Lovely semi-nude photo or painting?

Photo credit: http://omarortiz.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/enfoque/

Photo credit: http://omarortiz.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/enfoque/

Painting!

16. Thomas Arvid – Limited Edition Giclée on Canvas

Photo credit: http://www.thomasarvid.com/

Photo credit: http://www.thomasarvid.com/

The vibrant colors of this work screams “photograph!”, right?

Photo credit: http://www.thomasarvid.com/on-the-road/las-vegas-may-2010

Photo credit: http://www.thomasarvid.com/on-the-road/las-vegas-may-2010

We’re wrong, of course. It’s not a photograph.

17. Gregory Thielker – Oil on Canvas

Photo credit: http://www.gregorythielker.com/Under/unmindingsky.html

Photo credit: http://www.gregorythielker.com/Under/unmindingsky.html

This one also looks like a photograph taken by someone bored of the rain and the traffic. Only, it’s not. It’s a painting! Mind blown.