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Brilliantly realistic CG head bridges the uncanny valley

Australian artist Chris Jones is constructing a hyper-realistic human body in CG animation, piece by painstaking piece.

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When you watch a CG animated human, there's always something that's not quite right; the texture of the skin, for instance; or, one that's always noticeable, the way the lips move around the teeth.

While we're not entirely sure that Australian artist Chris Jones's creation has solved that particular problem -- its mouth doesn't move a lot -- it's certainly edging into the eerily lifelike territory.

It's called, for the time being, Ed (because it is just a head -- get it?), and it's part of a personal project Jones has been picking away at for some time -- to construct realistic human body parts in CG. Earlier this year, he released this rather stunning and creepy video of the animation of the eye.

Ed, Jones said, was constructed with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite. And, even more impressively, Jones is entirely self-taught, first teaching himself how to use the software out of the manual, then later with the help of online tutorials and forums.

There is a possibility that Ed may get his body eventually, but it may take some time. In the meantime, you can follow Jones on YouTube and his website, and check out his short film, The Passenger.