French painter and illustrator Hubert De Lartigue began his career with illustrations of science fiction, including book covers and pin-ups. Now he is best known from capturing his live models in sensual and alluring poses, often drawing particular attention to their lips. To create those stunning photorealistic portraits, he is using paintbrush and airbrush, he builds up coats of acrylic, then sands his works until brushstroke and other painterly gestures are practically invisible, rendering his surface almost as smooth as a photograph.
Hubert explains his work by saying, “The portrait is a classic theme in the world of painting.
However, I try to create elements of surprise in each of my portraits, the way I crop them, the expression or the attitude of the models.
But the power of the portrait lies above all in the look of the model, which is unique each time.
All I have to do is underline the strength and the intensity.”
all portraits by Hubert De Lartigue
pictures from: bonexpose.com, artsy.net, google.com