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Beautiful photograph of Emma Watson is not what it seems (PHOTO)

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Can you actually believe this image of Emma Watson isn't a photograph?

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We've probably never seen a bad photo of Emma Watson, and the latest one to pop up on our news feeds is no less striking than any of the others. She's luminous, stunning and incredibly photogenic.

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Except she's actually not photogenic at all in this image — because it's not a photograph.

Hard to believe, but it's actually an extremely realistic painting courtesy of Watson superfan student Nehaal Gonsalves.

Gonsalves posted the results of his hard work on his Facebook page, saying he "made an attempt to make this as real as possible, because after all she is perfection.

"First piece of the year, my mind is numb from what a challenge it was to detail this beautiful beast."

Gonsalves also shared a video revealing the secrets behind his unbelievably lifelike portrait of the actress — and to be honest, if it wasn’t for this, we’d have a hard time accepting it’s not a photograph, because it’s crazy realistic.

Emma Watson Digital Painting Process

Here's the painting process being my Emma Watson piece, that I did as a study, Hope you like it as much as I like her.I quite enjoyed doing this even though I poured my soul into the details for some parts.Final Image :https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154033518051454&set=a.128323036453.133216.581301453&type=3&theater

Posted by Nehaal Gonsalves on Thursday, 4 February 2016

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Gonsalves expressed his hope that his work of art reaches Watson, and we'd say it has a pretty good chance — partly due to the amount of attention it's received online, but mainly because it's just so incredible.

Can you actually believe this image of Emma Watson isn't a photograph?
Image: Nehaal Gonsalves

He also has amazing artwork of other celebrities on his Facebook page, including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Cara Delevingne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Anne Hathaway .

But it's clear Watson is his favourite. "[I'm] absolutely crazy about this beautiful person and everything she does," he wrote.

Can you actually believe this image of Emma Watson isn't a photograph?
Image: Nehaal Gonsalves

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