10 Month Timelapse Of Artist's Hyperreastic Oil Painting Of A Fish In A Glass

January 7, 2019


This is a video of 45-year old Korean artist Youngsung Kim creating a hyperrealistic oil painting of a fish over the course of ten months, thankfully timelapsed down to just two minutes. There's also some real-time video of him working on the painting after that. I think we can all agree he clearly has some very impressive skills. I think we can also all agree that glass is entirely too small for that fish.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to becca b, who agrees spending ten months creating anything is an accomplishment in and of itself.

  • Dani

    Maybe try Kinko's next time you want to enlarge a photo?

  • Kane Harrison

    A ten month time lapse! Good God, imagine how long it would have been if it wasn’t time lapsed!

  • Shegs

    Why did he paint it when he had a photo of it the whole time? Just blow that up.

  • GeneralDisorder

    This video made me thirsty.

  • Jenness

    That's amazing. It would have been cool to have artists like this somewhere in the 1400's or even antiquity but I guess our pigmentation process is so insane now that the ability to replicate the colors, etc. is why this is only now. Though, a hyper-realistic black & white could be done maybe. Wouldn't it be cool if we found a treasure trove of very old paintings done like this that really showed what people looked like, a scene from a party, etc.? Hmmm

  • What does Hyperreastic mean GW?

  • The_Wretched

    He's only going to be able to sell it for what works out to be $0.30 per hour.

  • Bling Nye

    If this is anything to go off of, https://www.saatchiart.com/... I think he's doing just fine.

    But since you have an interesting point and I'm curious....

    Jan-Oct has 304 days = 7296 hours... even if he spent 100% of that time painting, with no food/bathroom/sleep/etc., and assuming he can get a comparable price for this painting as the one linked above, that's an hourly rate of $13.84. Even if he worked 10 hour days every single day, with no days off, that's $33.22/hr. If he managed to do it in 8 hour days with weekends off, that's like $47.82/hr.

    Mostly I'm amazed that he appears to be able to do it by sight.

  • Tigerh8r

    Hmmm ... I kinda expected it to start out as a rough whole and get more and more detailed, I was pretty surprised at the way he did it.

    Also GW - 10 months is nothing! You got any idea how long I've been working on my Dad-Bod and Alcoholism?

  • Bling Nye

    The way he did it is what blew me away.

    Have you seen Tim's Vermeer? Good movie, really cool how he recreates a Vermeer that even experts can't distinguish... and the guy isn't an artist at all, just a pretty smart guy that figured out Vermeer's "trick" to his painting.

    This guy though, there's no "trick," just what appears to be a massive amount of insane talent.

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