Mind-blowing: Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov used face paint to create these unbelievable 2D portraits.

These face-painted portraits created by Russian photographerย Alexander Khokhlov can only be described as mind-blowing. We’ve featured some very creative portraiture series in the past, but Alexander’s execution and attention to detail is simply astounding.

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Is that a two-dimensional sketch, or a photograph? The fact that we’re asking ourselves this question is a testament to the technique of the photographer and the face-painting artist. Besides sketching, the portraits also mimic cubist paintings, pop art, watercolours, pixel art, and even Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” posters.

Update: Alexander has sent us a link to a behind-the-scenes teaser video for the series:

Here’s the rest of the incredible series – view more of Alexander’s other works on his website.

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Photographs shared with permission.

PS. As it happens, Alexander isn’t the only Russian photographer that we’ve featured this week – take a look at the macro photographs of snowflakes byย Alexey Kljatov.

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