Italian artist Guido Daniele transforms human hands into ‘handimals’, jaw-dropping photo-realistic animal portraits. WITHOUT USING PHOTOSHOP. Check them out after the jump!
With a career as an illustrator spanning over 40 years, Guido began to explore and experiment with body art and using the human body as a canvas in 1990. Gradually, he perfected the art of making his models contort their bodies into specific positions and using his painting skills to turn them into realistic portraits and scenes.
In 2000, an art director asked him if he could paint animals on people’s hands without using photoshop. “After I tried doing it, I was the first one to be positively surprised with the beautiful result,” he said. “I did not know that a great artist from Florence, Mario Mariotti, did the same artistic research before me. From 2000 onwards, I began my research on the ‘Handimals’”.
That same year, Guido released his world-famous ‘Handimals’ series, consisting of 77 highly detailed animals painted onto hands that were twisted and manipulated into various positions to form beaks, trunks, feathers, and more. (via Oddity Central)
Guido believes that his work is so well received because hands – after the face – are the most expressive part of the body. “So seeing hands transforming into so many different things, such as animals or natural environments, is something that surely fascinates people, both children and adults. I just look at my hands and try to imagine all different things and animals they could turn into.”