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You’d think these portraits are photos, but they’re actually paintings

Looking at Japanese artist Yasutomo Oka’s portraits, you’d think he’s a photographer or a CG animator. He’s not. The man is actually a hyper-realistic painter.

Oka’s work features different female subjects seemingly posing for a quick photo. Some of the women are portrayed wearing traditional clothing, such as a kimono, while others have on more casual outfits.

Some are depicted inside their homes, usually staring out a window, then there are others who are located in more whimsical settings, like a forest or an old village.

Yasutomo Oka

According to the 34-year-old, he first works with a model then adds in his own details, slightly idealising the portrait as he goes. Think Photoshop, but much harder with oil paint.

He also revealed that each piece takes up to 20 days to complete, which is actually quite fast considering the details of each work. I mean, just look at the realism of each woman’s hair, skin, eyes, and clothing. Everything appears so lifelike!

Yasutomo Oka

Meanwhile, we’re here still trying to get past drawing stick figures. Welp.

If you’d like to learn more about Yasutomo Oka, you can check out his website here.

Yasutomo Oka

Yasutomo Oka

Yasutomo Oka

Yasutomo Oka

Via My Modern Met

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Inigo is a writer and graphic designer from Manila, Philippines. He is a soldier of love who will carry you on his strong back of awesomeness when the zombie apocalypse arrives.