In the opinion of Viktorija Samarinaite, Community Manager of 3D model platform CGTrader, the 3D images below are among the most realistic ever generated.
Even though they could easily be mistaken for photographs, they're actually the work of some extraordinarily sophisticated 3D artists, employing software packages like Lightwave, Zbrush, Autodesk Maya, Softimage, Cinema 4D, Terragen and Autodesk 3ds Max.
On top of being software experts, the artists also demonstrate advanced understanding of the principles underlining any powerful artwork: knowledge of composition and colour, imagination and attention to detail.
CGTrader, a 3D modelling marketplace, was borne out of frustration with the tendency of previous online shops to exploit artists. 'Every creator there is being charged as much as 60 percent per sale,' their website reads. 'We have challenged ourselves to make an intense marketplace where authors can sell 3D models and make a living from it. We aim to increase their motivation and raise the quality of 3D objects to its best.'