I'm glad someone is bringing this up. I noticed the guy from Iran (that this person stole from?) or whoever made these portraits, because he/she had done a portrait of Richard Armitage (whom I fangirl hard for ) and while I think the guy can draw, many of his artworks look like he applied a filter to a photo, but he's passing them off as original digital paintings.
People who draw and paint freehand (whether digital or traditional) are more apt to have WIPs that look like this: or this: (If they are better at drawing than I am, they won't have as many proportion errors as I do at the start, but the "progress" will usually look similar.) Usually a genuine artist who is drawing and painting "from scratch" will have big blocks of color area, or sketching lines, structure/alignment lines, and that sort of thing. I suppose there are a few artists who don't work this way, but most artists I've ever seen do.
When I see a "WIP" which is too perfect, too neat, I suspect something is up. It's not "proof," but I suspect strongly. And when the finished portrait is identical to the reference photo, even down to little strands of hair, and trivial wrinkles in the clothes, and background texture, to me that is a strong indication that they're either doing a photo manip or they're tracing very carefully. I can sometimes get the basic features of a face to "match up" with the photo (if you line them up in Photoshop) but never do I get every itty bitty hair strand and the texture of the fabric exact, and all that crap. That's simply not human, IMO.
It gets even better! she never even made ANY of the works herself [link] they all belong to this person: shahin Artist of the week - Nov. 23 to 29, 2008 Male Iran Country: Iran scrolling down shows multiple works that our stephanie has uploaded as her own, ill make sure to contact him and inform him about the fraud.