Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil. Traditional oil painting techniques often begin with the artist sketching the subject onto the canvas with charcoal or thinned paint. Young-sung Kim, a 43-year old South Korean artist now based in New York, is making waves across the Internet with his remarkably hyper-realistic oil paintings.

This video shows Kim is creating a hyper-realistic oil painting of a fish that takes over ten months.  But this time-lapse video takes it down to just two minutes. There is also some real-time video of him working on the painting after that. You will all agree that he clearly has some very impressive skills.

His artworks are so stunning that looks alive, and videos show how he does it, the whole process. The creation is hypnotic and people who see his paintings canot believe their eyes.  His works need to be seen in order to be believed, their proximity to life is so profound that even he himself has difficulties distinguishing his own artworks from the digital photos he uses as models.

The subjects of Kim’s pictures include wildlife and small animals and their common denominator is drops, wetness or full immersion into water. Lizards, goldfish, snails or frogs, they are depicted in super-realistic detail with mind-boggling, delicate technique.

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