Fine Artists Take On Tattoos: Aaron Nagel
Aaron Nagel's incredibly realistic portraits are nothing short of breathtaking.
Aaron Nagel is a figurative oil painter who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. A self-taught designer and painter, he's able to draw from several different areas of expertise to hone his craft as a portrait painter.
In addition to being just an insanely talented painter, Nagel also takes all of his own reference photos himself. That's right, he can take beautiful photos, too. What the fuck can't this guy do?
While he says that his photos are mostly about good lighting and a whole lot of guessing and that he isn't necessarily trying to take a nice photo- just the "right jump off point for a painting"- we find it hard to believe that anything he touches could be anything less than stunning.
Drawing inspiration from some of the greats- Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, etc- each of Nagel's portraits are a glowy, mesmerizing, larger than life masterpiece.
Take a look at a few of my favorite Nagel works below and head over to his website for more.