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  06 June 2005
Painting of Tica by Dru Blair

I don't know if this is old news, but have a look at this...
  06 June 2005
I'm in love.


Meng Yang Lu
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  06 June 2005
i just cant believe thats a painting sorry....
  06 June 2005
Well.. the guy teaches art-classes..
  06 June 2005
I assume he's using a photo reference, though. He does airbrush paintings, mostly aircraft stuff for some reason, and teaches classes. Id say it's pretty amazing.
  06 June 2005
i'm sorry but that is not a painting

and if it is, why did he bother, its not an artistic interpretation with any style, its a complete copy - thus not art imho.
  06 June 2005
mmm, as for art, well imho Nature is the greatest artist of them all, and we could only strive all our lives to honour and imitate her... but, my issue is that i just don't believe that that isn't a photograph :P

if it IS a painting, well damn, that's amazing.
  06 June 2005
Wouldn't you say he show an extreme technical talent? It's made during a workshop, possibly to showcase techniques. If you want original material, his site is jam packed with it.

Last edited by arvid : 06 June 2005 at 02:53 PM.
  06 June 2005
there's just no was Im going to give anyone the benefit of the doubt with an image like that. I cant find a single brush stroke in the entire image.
  06 June 2005

  06 June 2005
I could be absolutely wrong and I'll eat my words if proven otherwise, but I just don't buy it.

I would be very easy to "reverse" engineer the work in progress shot. The the larger image is just too perfect, to the point where can actually see hair folicles which could be done, but I'm just not buying it. Does anyone have any other samples of this guys work?


His website:

I hate to call something out like this, but I just don't buy it.
WWW.BONYTO.COM Don't be Evil!


Last edited by dmonk : 06 June 2005 at 03:17 PM.
  06 June 2005
and last but not least:

Last edited by arvid : 06 June 2005 at 03:26 PM.
  06 June 2005
Hmm... Well, if it's for real, then I'd say awesome job! And according to the site it does seem like he's an acknowledged artist. Still, I'm having trouble believing this is an airbrush painting. There's just so much detail in there, the shapes are convincing and the lighting and colouring seems so realistic. I don't want to turn this into another "Is Killzone realtime or CG - thread", but:

- Doesn't this seem like an odd way to construct a painting. It looks like he paints it(or airbrusht it, whatever) piece by piece. He paints a small piece of the face and keeps adding details to it, while all other things are left white. For somebody who has been schooled in art, and I would presume painting, that's not a very common method, because it causes colour differations. However, I don't know too much about airbrushing, so....

- In the last photo, where the 3 guys or standing around the painting. Is it just me or does the painting actually look clearer/sharper/detailed than the actual people in the photo?

- Just had a look at a couple of other pictures on his website. None of them are very large, but you can see that they differ in quality. Some are better than others, but none of them show this sort of realism.

Btw. I hate wasting time trying to find out if something is real or not, but it's just so tempting.

Last edited by voodoofactory : 06 June 2005 at 03:33 PM.
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