These portraits are wonderful, but they're not really paintings, are they? Wouldn't it be more accurate to call them photo manipulations? I'm not being critical, I just want to understand what I'm looking at. I'd also like to know what filters, etc., you're using. The results are phenomenal.
In my own work, I do a lot of "paint-overs," which is what this person is doing. I call them manips, because, to me and most people, a painting is something done on a blank canvas. Obviously these are not paintings, but they are very well done. He also seems to have nothing but fashion models working for him -- don't normal-looking people get married in his part of the world?
I used to have a small business doing photopaintings for professional photographers. I don't recall ever having photos of models that looked so good! Usually I was doing all I could to make them look better!
He's also not giving credit to any of the stock images he has been using, I lined up a few of his works but it was easy to see that they were just manipulations. As every detail even the last little hair is in the exact same place. Original: i.imgur.com/4qk828t.png Overlay: i.imgur.com/KpjhROS.png It's pretty bad that he's getting away with basic PS filters, smudging the hair, and doing colour overlays. Not to mention having them all up for print without any credit given whatsoever. And trying to sell his work for absurb prices to people who think they are actually buying a well done digital painting.
I got the impression (maybe just an assumption) that he was doing wedding portraits for people. In that case, he's working as a sort of retouch artist. But maybe not. He's written a number of Photoshop tutorials in magazines, so he does seem to be respected. I found a PDF of one of them, I forget where. Not hard to find.
The thing is why does he keep on insisting everything is digitally drawn? Instead of just saying it's photo manip. Because literally 95% of the people that look at his work will think it's manually drawn digital art. Pretty interested in the PDF .