Mystery Solved: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a 3D Anamorphosis Drawing
How many times have we marveled at Julian Beever’s street art chalk drawings or artist Nagai Hideyuki’s 3D pencil drawings and wondered, “How did they do that?” Their art appears to pop off the very pavement or paper that it was created on. We know it’s an illusion. We know it’s anamorphosis.
Manipulating Your Reference
The first step is to manipulate the drawing reference, which requires an image to import into Photoshop or other digital photo manipulation software, as well as a camera to test the reference. This tutorial uses screen captures from Photoshop CS4.
I used Photoshop to open an image of a Rubik’s Cube, which I will use as a reference. To avoid copyright issues, you might have students take their own photos of objects with a digital camera.
It’s important to make sure the image is on its own layer before using the transform tool (in Step 3), so I simply double-clicked on the background layer to make it a layer.
Next, I doubled the size of both the width and height, in this case from 4 to 8 inches, by going to Image->Canvas Size. Note two things: first, where it says u201cAnchor,u201d I selected the bottom box so the canvas would expand upward. Second, I doubled the size of both the width and height, in this case from 4 to 8 inches.
The Transform control box will surround your image when you go to Edit->Transform->Scale.
Grab the middle anchor point and stretch your image upward by dragging the bounding box straight up.
The Transform control box will surround your image when you go to Edit->Transform->Perspective.
Grab the left top side anchor point and move it to the left until your object is fat on top but small on the bottom, then press Enter.
Print a copy of your reference now that it has been properly manipulated.
Testing Your Reference
By taking a photograph with a digital camera, you can ensure that your reference will work as a 3D anamorphosis drawing. Place the printed reference on the table and position the camera at an angle about 20 degrees higher than parallel. Take note of the following two examples.
Good To Go!
If your image worked when photographed, you’re ready to go. This image can be used for anything from a colored pencil drawing on paper to a larger-than-life work of street art. For best results, transfer the image using a grid. Also, consider adding a shadow to give the work an extra sense of depth.
How do you make anamorphic 3D art?
The following are the basic steps for making anamorphic art, as well as some advice from Mauro Italiano:
- Examine your surroundings.
- Construct your concept and artwork.
- Carefully set up your projector.
- Use the projection to trace your outlines.
- Paint, step back, and paint.
How do you make digital 3D art?
How to Get Started with Vectary 3D Drawing
- Create an account at Vectary.com.
- Use one of our templates or start from scratch.
- Drag and drop objects from the library.
- Finish your design with color, lights, and materials.
- Render in real-time using the top right switch.
What is chalk drawing?
Chalk drawing is a technique for drawing with chalk, a prepared natural stone or earth substance that comes in a variety of colors, including black (made from soft black stone or a composition containing lampblack), white (made from various types of limestone), and red, or sanguine (made from red earths such as ochre).
How does 3D chalk work?
Because taking a photo forces an image onto a 2-dimensional plane, 3D chalk art is best viewed through a lens, such as a cell phone camera. The camera takes a photo of what it sees and flattens it, forcing the image to become 2-dimensional, which creates the 3D effect.
Who invented anamorphic art?
Piero della Francesca, an Italian painter and mathematician, is credited with laying the foundation for the use of optical illusion; one of the earliest and best-known examples of anamorphosis is Hans Holbein’s painting “The Ambassadors,” which dates from 1533.
Can you carve chalk?
Chalk is one of the most difficult stones to carve, according to seasoned stone carvers, because the material can literally powder away in your hands if you are not careful, and chalk can also have many defects and voids in its structure, making it a very difficult and precise art.
What is the best chalk for chalkboard art?
Review of the Best Chalk for Chalkboard
- WEIMY Dustless Chalks for Chalkboard.
- Sargent Art 662010 Colored Dustless Chalk.
- Lucky ’99’ Colorful Chalk Set.
- Colorations SCPAK Sidewalk Chalk.
- Kedudes Non-Toxic White Dustless Chalk.
- Crayola Non-Toxic White Chalk.
- Fat Zebra Design Non-Toxic Chalkboard Chalk.