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Get ready to have your mind blown, people! See that photo above of Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen? Well, it's not actually a photograph, but a hyperrealistic painting created by a talented artist named Joongwon Jeong!

Jeong, who studied at Hongik University in South Korea is well known in the art world for his ability to produce insanely realistic paintings and drawings, and back in 2012 he created this wonderful portrait of Sir Ian.

Take a look through the process that Jeong took the canvas through, from beautiful sketch to photo-level realism:

Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver
Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver

Working from a photograph, Jeong first sketched McKellen's face on his 73 x 117 cm canvas (28 x 44 inches).

Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver
Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver

He then began to create that super realistic look using acrylic paint.

Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver
Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver

Giant Ian pictured with Joongwon!

Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver
Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver

After he applied the finishing touches, Ian was ready for the world to see:

Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver
Source: Joongwon Jeong/Naver

Simply amazing!

Jeong displayed his portrait at the Hongik Museum of Art at Hongik University in Seoul way back in March 2012, here it is on display:

Back in 2012, next to my portrait of Sir Ian McKellen.Those were the days when life was simpler and my hair was longer. 2012년 학부생 시절, 머리 한창 기르고 다닐 무렵, 맥켈런 할아버지 초상화 옆에서.머리 다시 기를까...

Posted by Joongwon Jeong on Monday, 9 February 2015

However, Sir Ian McKellen isn't the only celebrity to have been painted or drawn by Jeong, take a look at some of his other amazing creations, and be sure to check out his Facebook page for more:

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.Acrylic paint on board / 38 x 38cmAfter all that tardy process, it's done at last!질질 끌다가 드디어 다 그렸다!

Posted by Joongwon Jeong on Friday, 20 January 2012

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman / 18 x 25cmI drew this literally inside the bunker when I was serving in the military from early 2009 to...

Posted by Joongwon Jeong on Sunday, 27 January 2013

Al Pacino (as Tony Montana)

알 파치노가 연기한 토니 몬타나 종이에 아크릴, 목탄, 색연필 / 57 x 76 cmAl Pacino as Tony MontanaAcrylics, charcoal. coloured pencils on...

Posted by Joongwon Jeong on Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Abraham Lincoln

<Abraham> Charcaol & Pastel on Paper25 x 35.5cm<아브라함>종이에 목탄 & 파스텔25 x 35.5cm

Posted by Joongwon Jeong on Saturday, 26 October 2013

George Lucas

GEORGE LUCAS, when he was young and cool.This drawing is created for 'Magazine B', whose current issue is covering Star...

Posted by Joongwon Jeong on Monday, 7 December 2015

Source: Kotaku via Jeong Joongwon


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