These incredible, incredibly-textured-looking portraits by Russ Mills are – wait for it – digitally created! They seem so three-dimensional and tactile, it’s hard to believe they’re entirely computer based. I can’t even imagine the skill level Russ Mills possesses to be able to create such multi-dimensional-looking pieces. His work starts with a pencil which he scans in. He then scans additional materials that he adds to the piece to create the life-like textures and brushstrokes shown in his work.
“My work dwells in a netherworld between urban fine art and contemporary graphics, a collision of real and digital media it is primarily illustration based with a firm foundation in drawing, I focus mainly on the human form particularly the face, interweaving elements from the animal kingdom often reflecting the absurdity of human nature.”– Russ Mills
I am really drawn to Mills’s chaotic style. His subjects seem to be surrounded by a nimbus of scribbles, doodles, and splatters, which adds to the energetic feel of his work. His unexpected use of color also greatly contributes to the appeal of his art.