I came across a visually striking set of illustrations by Eunkyoung Son. They are by no means photo-realistic, with large, erratic splotches of colour that real life would have soon smoothed over with a gradient or texture. In the featured image, fingers are rendered as oblong tubes which stick out at odd angles.
But these illustrations of mostly human subjects manage to capture some type of believable movement and leave me with a sense of watching a natural scene. Even without fleshing every detail out, there is a great consistency in ‘lighting’ and positioning that enables the viewer to picture the scene and fill in the gaps between what we see and what we imagine the artist thinking of.