CNN World Recently featured Gottfried Helnwein on the “Ones to Watch” in an article they titled “Astonishing photo-realistic portraits you won’t believe were painted by hand”. The images you are about to see may shock or confound you. When portraiture looks this realistic, it can be hard to accept that what you see is just paint on a canvas, or ink scratches on a page. Discover nine of the finest artists from around the world who are recreating humans in their art — with strikingly lifelike results. Gottfried Helnwein frequently depicts children in his gigantic, mesmerizing portraits, along with “low culture” icons including Donald Duck, with the loss of childhood innocence as a reoccurring theme.