These hyper-realistsic animal portraits like like photographs
At first glance these portraits may appear to be the work of a skilled photographer, but in reality they are actually paintings.
From intricately detailed portraits of a pack of wild dogs, to a tender picture of a mother cheetah and her cubs, these paintings are the work of talented artist Leon Fouche.
Leon is also a photographer and has captured images of animals including Africa’s big five at game reserves across South Africa.
But not only has he a talent for photography but he also has the skills to recreate some of his favourite photos, turning them into incredibly detailed paintings.
Speaking about his collecteion of artworks, Leon, 33, said: “It’s my original artwork that is my career, I take my own photos mostly to use as reference when I do my drawings.
“And of course being out there photographing our amazing wildlife is what inspires me to continue with my career.
“I’ve never taken an art course and never took it as a subject in high school. It’s really a gift that I was lucky to get from my mother, combined with a passion for our wildlife that’s driven me to develop my talent.
“My favourite subject to paint is the leopard. They’re the most work to paint but so worth it when the painting is complete. They’re just exquisite animals.
“Every painting is a new challenge and I do try and better myself with every one, so when I see that I have achieved something I’m really happy with it’s really satisfying.
“What I also love is the act that it allows me to spend weeks in the African bush with my camera and our amazing wildlife.”