Is the viral image of the ‘close-up of a human eye’ real?
An image is doing rounds on various social media platforms with a claim that it is the ‘close-up of a human eye.’
The photo is going viral on social media and has left netizens utterly mesmerized. Several netizens are sharing the viral photo with a claim that it is a zoomed snapshot of a human eye. The viral photo has caused a stir on social media and has become the talk of the town.
Huda TV, a Satellite TV, and free-to-air internet television channel posted the viral photo on its official Facebook page with a caption that reads “Close-up of a human eye
So blessed is Allah, the best of creators.”
The viral image was also posted on 30 June 2021 on a public group named ‘Universe & Cosmology‘ by a user named Rajeev Kumar.
Another Facebook user named Pankaj Jethi posted the viral photo on his timeline and captioned it as –
“Close-up of a human eye”
A Twitter user with the Twitter handle ‘@archaeologypics‘ tweeted the viral photo and used the same viral caption – “Close-up of a human eye.” The tweet had garnered more than 3.9 thousand likes and retweeted over 400 times while writing this news report.
Close-up of a human eye pic.twitter.com/5M96w8ND3z
— Archaeological Photography (@archaeologypics) June 8, 2021
Another Twitter user wrote – “This isn’t a Black hole. It’s a close-up of a human eye.”
This isn't a Black hole. It's a close-up of a human eye. pic.twitter.com/IDa5Ggwdtx
— Indian Backdrop (@Indianbackdrop) June 30, 2021
The viral image is a digital creation, not real.
The viral photo being circulated with the claim that it is the “close-up of a human eye” is misleading.
We ran a reverse image search using the viral image and located it on ArtStation, a digital showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists from all around the world. Based on the information available on the website, it became evident that the viral image is just a specimen of digital artwork created by a texture artist living in Warsaw, Poland, named Eugene Filimonov.
While going through the comment section on the page, we stumbled upon a comment of a 3D Character Artist named ‘Stefan Scheffers,’ his comment read – “Witchcraft, but how is this modelled ?”
In reply, Eugene shared two links, we clicked on both the links, and they redirected us to two different pages on the same website(ArtStation). Both the links contained a detailed explanation of the procedure used by Eugene to create his artwork named “Realistic Eye.” After reading the entire procedure we were able to conclude that the viral image is not a close-up of a human eye, it is in fact just a magnificent piece of digital artwork done to replicate the human eye. Both the links containing the detailed explanation can be accessed here and here
Our Hall of Fame was introduced to celebrate the amazing work created by artists using our tools. As 2019 wraps up, we highlight three winners who blew us away with their creations in Modo, Mari and Nuke. pic.twitter.com/qM7OaNljjg
— TheFoundryTeam (@TheFoundryTeam) December 18, 2019
While exploring Eugene’s “Realistic Eye,” we observed that it contained a logo named “NUKE WINNER” “HALL OF FAME 2019.” We cropped the logo, ran a reverse image search on Google, and discovered a tweet from Foundry, a creative software developing organization that pioneers software for the Digital design, Media, and Entertainment industry. The tweet featured Eugene’s “Realistic Eye” and it read, “Our Hall of Fame was introduced to celebrate the amazing work created by artists using our tools. As 2019 wraps up, we highlight three winners who blew us away with their creations in Modo, Mari and Nuke.”
The tweet by Foundry also made it clear that the viral image was not a real close-up photo of the human eye rather just a digital artwork as it used the tool named ‘Nuke,’ a compositing and editorial toolkit created by Foundry to empower artists to get pixel-perfect results and to provide powerful control to VFX artists.
We also found the viral image on Eugene Filimonov’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. Additionally, during our investigation, we found the viral image on CGSociety, an organization that houses the creative artwork of digital artists from around the world.
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