Seen that high-resolution portrait on your Instagram feed? You swipe left and find it to be a painting and not a pic?!?! Unbelievable, but true! These are the Hyper-realistic paintings which trick us into thinking of it as high definition pictures!
As trending it is on social media, it is mesmerizing and catchy enough to get ones attention. Hyper-realistic or hyperrealism is a genre of painting where the paintings are similar to a high-quality picture and look nothing less real than the photo itself.
The secret behind being able to attain such portrait lies in the minute detail. It is essential that you observe, understand, and execute the level of intricacy found in the picture. It is possible to work with the details because the portrait is multiple times bigger than a life-size image. Features such as skin wrinkles, freckles, eyelashes to creases on lips and forehead. Such information and remarkably depicted in hyper-realistic art.
Now one would ask how can one make such an amazing and fantastic art pieces. This form of art is focus driven, learning this form of visual art requires you to channel your focus and practice up to full potential!
As you read further, you’ll get a brief and crisp idea of all that you need to be able to practice and make a hyper-realistic portrait. On discussing and interviewing many artists of this genre, it is apparent that it requires continuous practice, a good number of days, weeks, or months might be able to take you to your goal. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before starting working towards your portrait skills-
Hyperrealism requires ‘real’ struggle The fundamental requirement for any practice, to learn any art and technique. Before you commence your preparation you should know you will have to try and work on the same object numerous times, you’ll fail at first and the second time and many more times. But the series of failure will be your stepping stone towards your goal. So, don’t get upset and hang in there with ‘ Patience.’
• Learn to sketch portraits
To be able to paint the perfect picture, you must- observe, understand the object structure. You should be able to transfer this on to your canvas! Getting the basic structure right is similar to laying the foundation for your further practice. So, get a firm hold over your sketching and work on the sketching. Most importantly, keep sketching the same object over and over until you start noticing some improvements. Demark the areas with high, low and least illumination as contrast plays a vital role in delivering a satisfactory end product
• Get the right supplies and art tools
Once you are done sketching you need to work on your lights, highlights, shadows, and background. Now, all of this depends on the intensity of the medium you use to bring out the portrait. Some use pencils and charcoals to get black and white pictures, while some use paints like watercolor and oil paints.
You need the right kind of brushes and blending buds to be able to merge colors and lead. Using a soft pencil to fill in the sketch might be helpful. Getting an eraser with a right edge is also important.
• Right kind of paper
Well, this is one of the most important and yet a simple thing to do. Go out there and compare the varieties of articles available. Since you’ve practiced your sketches and artistic skills before, you know what kind of documents suits your work the best. Selecting a comfortable base is as important as any other thing as you’ve to work on this for quite a long time (you know that!)
Papers are available with various kind of textures which affect the deposition of the medium you use to complete the portrait. More significant the sheet, more natural it is to encapsulate the details.
• Pay attention to the detailing.
Here, details are everything. As the saying goes- ‘god lies in the details.’
But, do not start looking at the ‘big picture’ just yet. Work your way slowly and a small area at a time. This is precisely what makes the portraits look like they do- realistic! You need to be able to observe minute detail and transfer the same on your sheet. Now, one simples way of doing this would be working in parts. You could start with one corner and concentrate on a small portion and work on details in that particular area and work on the same in your portrait.
So, go slow, but steady.
• Do not be afraid of experimenting
Being able to experiment is a virtue by which you’ll find your comfort zone and can come up with your techniques. Like, you can use an earbud as a blending tool, use an eraser to erase the graphite to create a sense of light. You can experiment with your supplies to achieve the desired texture and effect.
Now that you know what you need, you can get starting with all the practice and hard work. You have the internet at your disposal and surely know to find what you need. So, use your sources, dedication, and the will to achieve your goal — practice hyperrealism with consistent commitment and practice.