A Glimpse into Hyperrealism Art
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  • Introduction

Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture that resembles a high quality Photograph, It's the type of art that your mind might not accept it as a hand-made artwork. Hyperrealism is far more advanced than Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures. The term is primarily applied to an independent art movement and art style in the United States and Europe that has developed since the early 2000s.




Artwork by Eric Zener by SRudyGoldfish by Gustav Klimt by SRudy

  • Hyperrealistic painting

Hyperrealistic paintings are the kind of paintings that you'd mistake with a photograph, Their subject matter ranges from portraits, figurative art, objects, still life to landscapes and cityscapes. The more recent hyperrealist style is much more literal than Photorealism as to exact pictorial detail with an emphasis on social, cultural or political themes.
Most Hyperrealism painters work directly from photographs or digital images, either by using traditional grid techniques, or by projecting colour slide imagery onto the canvas. The aim is to recreate the same sharpness of detail throughout the painting.
Some famous hyperrealistic painters are Richard Estes and Gottfried Helnwein (gottfriedhelnwein). Also check out Dirk Dzimirsky (DDzim) and Christiane Vleugels (Raipun)





Artwork by  Robert Bechtle by SRudyDouble Bubble by Charles Bell by SRudy
Artwork by Richard Estes by SRudy

  • Hyperrealistic sculpture

Hyperrealistic sculptures usually takes humans and animals forms. Hyperrealist sculptors use real clothing and materials in their sculptures in order to make it look real (check images below). Hyperrealism in sculpture, unlike painting, has no relation to photography. This is because sculpture is a three-dimensional art, whereas both painting and photography are two-dimensional. Sculptors therefore have the same problems of technique to overcome as Renaissance artists.
Some examples of great Hyperrealistic sculptors: Ron Mueck, Duane Hanson, and Evan Penny
Also, I'd like you to check out this awesome Pinboard of Hyperrealistic sculptures on Pinterest.




Sculpture by Duane Hansons by SRudySculpture by Duane Hansons by SRudy
Wild Man by  Ron Mueck by SRudy
Yes these are sculpture works!

  • Characteristics

• Hyperrealism tend to mimic real-life forms, in both painting and sculptures. 
• In painting details can sometimes be exaggerated, and that what differs if from the Photorealism technique.
• Real clothing and textiles/fabric and paper are often used in Hyperrealistic sculptures.
• Hyperrealistic paintings are the type of paintings that you would unintentionally ignore. (It's a fact) for being just too life-like.



Check out this video of DDzim drawing a hyperrealistic portrait using graphite pencils:





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  • Hyperrealism on deviantART

There are many realism painters here on deviantART. I chose to feature some hyperrealistic artworks made by great artists. Please spread some love :heart:

 


top by SRudy
The Artist - Natural Scientist by boykokolevBig Banana Split by elliez1
PBandJ and Jelly Jar by elliez1
BALANCE by DanielCaro
Big Chocolate Eclair by elliez1
Big Banana Split by elliez1Una buona idea by DiegoKoi
henry by kamalky
Hyper Real Silicone Sigourney Weaver Bust by SculptorSteven
Walid Jumblatt - Silicone Bust by schellstudio
dobottom by SRudy


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OneFromNorthKarelia's avatar
I would be really grateful if someone here knows more great hyperrealism tutorials. Or are there any hyperrealism tutorials for novices?   
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Astrikos|Hobbyist Artist
Wow. That's breath taking. :la:
Great finds!
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Astrikos|Hobbyist Artist
:heart:
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aeonsiege|Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder if it is possible to do a hyperrealistic art in coffee... It would be nice to create paintings that could be mistaken for old photographs... just for fun :P
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! I think making it in sepia wouldn't make it very hyperrealistic. Such idea could be classified as a photo-realist piece :D :heart:
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aeonsiege|Hobbyist General Artist
So how would you call this, a hyperrealism or photorealism?

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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
Hyperrealism for sure! If you can achieve such technique with coffee I'm all with it! :D
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aeonsiege|Hobbyist General Artist
Right... didn't think of that :P
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Dragos-Sulgheru's avatar
I know that there are people out there always ready to spit on realism, but it's impossible not to admire such a perfect technique. Great journal entry, mate, full of wonderful works! ;)
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
I have to agree on that. Thanks for reading :heart:
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Talty's avatar
Talty| Artisan Crafter
OH WOW! just... amazing :noes:
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Rainboopz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I showed this to my parents and they don't believe a single thing XD
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think my parents would believe either :XD:
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phoenixleo's avatar
But DAMN that Sigourney Weaver sculpture!
She is the boss 8-)
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phoenixleo's avatar
It was nice that you mentioned those artists and deviants on dA! :happycry:
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
They're few of my favourite artists on dA as well :hug: Thanks for reading!
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You're welcome! :hug:
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Char739|Student General Artist
This is a great article! I have always wondered what hyperrealism was, so now I know! :iconthemoreyouknowplz:
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad the article was informative to you :heart: Thanks a lot for reading :aww:
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Char739|Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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Heyriel|Student Digital Artist
Hyperrealism ist just so...perfect. How do you even-??? How is this POSSIBLE? I'll forever be amazed and admire these artists x3
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SRudy|Professional Traditional Artist
I know :happycry: Such an awesome art movement.
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