American artist Joshua Suda’s photorealistic drawings have recently taken the Internet by storm. His incredible ability to perceive and capture minute details is second to none, including cameras. Suda expertly renders every hair follicle, pore, eyeball vein, and freckle (for better or worse) onto canvases, but his portraiture goes beyond the limits provided by his human subjects.

Through his own brand of creative ingenuity, Suda often takes his paintings up a notch by adding artificial elements to the works, taking the viewers beyond reality and into his own creative universe. Here, it seems, his muses are trapped; the eyeball close-ups depict fear and wariness, and in many of his paintings people look as though they are trying to escape. These darker themes give his works an edginess that is often not found in portraits.

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[via Huffington Post]