Photorealism: A Play of Colors, Lights and Shadows

Artistic skills can be partly measured by the technical aspects of mimicking the light and shadow details of actual subjects and objects. It involves manipulating the visual perception to achieve realistic and sometimes photographic results. The level of skills of an artist can also be assessed based on his or her ability to create impressive artworks using very limited materials.

For instance, using only graphite pencil as drawing material for creating photorealistic artworks is something that is almost magical. The painstaking details and subtle transitions between light and dark, shadows and illumination are very difficult to achieve by simply using graphite pencils. Aside from the fact that only shades and contrasts can be achieved using a pencil, there are subtleties and intensities that cannot be captured by black and white images. This is the main reason why blurred black and white images are often used in publications and on TV when depicting bloody or gruesome crime scenes.

On the other hand, pencil photorealism is not meant for depicting crime scenes or hiding gruesome details. It is primarily about expressing the details of seemingly mundane scenes, objects and subjects in such as way that cannot sufficiently be captured by high-resolution cameras. Photorealistic images become impressive once a viewer realizes that these are pencil sketches or paintings painstakingly made by hands.

Some of the contemporary photorealistic artists include the following:

1.) Richard Estes – He is an American photorealist artist who is best known for his masterful depictions of urban scenes.

2.) Diego Fazio –This Italian-born painter is a true master of drawing photorealistic and highly detailed images using only graphite pencils. His rendering of water flows and droplets are truly mindboggling.

3.) Raphaella Spence – He is best known for his photorealistic cityscapes and landscapes that are painted in full colors. He also does hyperrealist artworks.

4.) Don Jacot – His favorite media are acrylics, oils, gouche, watercolor, and charcoal. As a self-taught artist, his works are truly impressive that few formally educated artists could do. He is best known for his works that have historical and cultural significance.

5.) Pedro Campos – Starting to paint at the age of 30, he could be considered as a late bloomer. He is best known for his still life, cityscapes, and seascapes photorealistic artworks.

6.) Rob Hefferan – Few artists are as exceptionally talented in figurative arts as Heffran. He is at his best when using oil and acrylics. His best-known works are photorealistic portraits with excellent skin details and fabric fold details.

7.) Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz – He is a Spanish-born artist who has toured the world in exhibiting his artworks. He had been in various major U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago. He also exhibited in Seoul, South Korea. He had exhibits in London and Paris. He is a multi-awarded artist and also a recipient of various national and international scholarships. His masterpieces are featured in major museum collections such as those found at the Museum Atrium and the ABC Museum

8.) Halim Ghodbane – He is well-known for photorealistic portraits that are typically covered in beautiful soft lighting that emphasizes his excellent brush skills.

9.) Michael Gaskell – He is a winner of various prizes in art competitions and he was also shortlisted in the BP portrait award. His artworks are showcased in various private collections worldwide.

10. Jeremy Geddes – He is master of the other worldly and abstract paintings that are also photorealistic at the same time. He captures the essence of imagination and translates them into art pieces.