I began my life with a great passion for art. That passion allowed for a tremendous amount of personal expression that I am grateful for to this day. I came to a point in my life, still at a very young age, that I realized all of the most magnificent and famous artists had long since expired. Giving up the tools of creativity in hopes that I would be able to find a suitable profession that would allow me much more financial independence before death seemed the more suitable path to take. The regrets I have for not following my dreams makes me appreciate this artist’s creations a lot more. Granted, appreciation is amplified with a little jealousy mixed in.
Doug Bloodworth has been perfecting his art for many years and has earned the praise of being called one of the greatest photorealists of our generation. While looking at these photographs may not seem all that impressive at first, the realization that they are actually oil paintings will put things into perspective. I first glanced through these photos thinking that Doug Bloodworth was fairly skilled in his photoshopping techniques or 3D modeling techniques. I continued through the photos at hand, and thought, “Not bad!” When I finally realized that they are actually oil paintings, my mind was blown. The video I’ve attached at the end left me speechless at the amount of talent and skill that Doug Bloodworth truly possesses.
These aren’t photographs. They are photorealistic paintings. You can see the influence of printed paper comics in Doug’s work, which is what makes the comic books in each piece absolutely pop.
Doug And Pop Rocks: The amazing artist and his art as it is transforming from a work in progress to a fantastic final product.
Pop Rocks: Here it is all complete. Looks delicious.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas: Something about those glasses just remind me of the movie.
Lots O’ Candy: Pretty much captures all of my childhood favorites in one, mouth-watering oil painting.
Funny Pages And Candy: You can’t really do a crossword without a few snacks. I mean, you could, but who would want to?
Krispy Kreme Comics: Looks like a pretty amazing Sunday morning to me.
Diner Days: This just makes you feel like you walked right into a 60’s diner. Amazing.
Dick Tracy Revolver: The reflection of the newspaper comic in the gun is simply amazing.
Comics And Coffee:
Doug must love being able to mix comics with three-dimensional still life to create these oil masterpieces.
Marble Comics: Marble, not Marvel! I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the skilled process to make the marbles look this realistic.
Dominoes, Cowboy Comic, Coffee And Pecan Pie: I seriously feel like I can reach out and grab the dominoes. Don’t even get me started on the fact that the pecan pie has me drooling.
Lone Ranger Lifesavers: Just looking at this, there are many a man that are whisked back to their days as a little boy.
Nestle Quickdraw Wafers: There’s not a person alive who knows about Quick Draw McGraw, that is not going to feel a little nostalgic looking at this oil painting.
Wonder Woman Needs Her Chocolate And Cola: It’s not just Wonder Woman. Pretty much any woman would agree that a little cola and chocolate is going to increase their day’s happiness.
Peanut Butter And Batman: I love Doug Bloodworth’s sense of humor. The little things that he throws into this painting cracks me up. ‘SMACKERS’ grape jelly labeled Strawberry. Or the DC comic logo changed to his initials.
Coke And Lay’s Are My Kryptonite: Everything in this painting is a classic. The Lay’s and Coca-Cola, and even the first edition of the Superman comic.
Klondike And Coke Are A Marvel: The difficult feat of realistically painting a reflective wrapper is just amazingly executed in this work of art.
RC Surfer Chips: RC Cola, now there’s a blast from the past.
The Incredible Chester Cheetah: Killing the Hulk just for heading towards the Cheetos, now that seems a little drastic! Didn’t your mother ever teach you to share?
Spidey Loves Oreos: Right now, I want to throw Spiderman on the TV and enjoy some cookies and milk. That’s all I’m saying.
Fantastic Twinkies: Just think about all the comic book pages that were soiled by Twinkies and Yoo-Hoo stickiness.
Watch this video to find out a little more about Doug Bloodworth.
H/T: Doug Bloodworth
All of these pieces of art would be a worthy project for people trying to hone their skills in a 3D design class using sophisticated software. The fact that Doug Bloodworth is capable of creating artwork with an entirely different artistic medium, oil paints, will indefinitely continue to blow my mind.