Critic

Blown away by hyperrealism

Candy Machine – Roberto Bernardi

Earlier today in the newsroom, I saw my colleague staring so close at his computer that his nose was practically touching the screen. Even for a fellow squinter, it became difficult to ignore, so I asked what he was so taken by.

He showed me a link of someone’s paintings, one of which is at the top of this post. When he saw the look on my face, he reminded me that I was looking at a painting and not a photograph. My expression changed.

Simply put, Roberto Bernardi is the man… I can barely draw a straight line and he’s ‘drawing’ pictures that look crisper than what my Canon spits out.

A little bit later, I had the time to do some research and I learned that Bernardi specializes in hyperrealism – a technique of painting that resembles high-def photography. Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of this before?

Anyways, it doesn’t matter what sort of methods Bernardi and other hyperrealists use… they can trace for all I care. Their work is something to appreciate.

Check out this link for some more cool examples.

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