Stunning Examples of 3D Drawings & How You Can Create Them Yourself

I’ve always been fascinated by 3D drawing and the idea that an artist could create such incredible illusions using nothing more than a pencil and piece of paper.

With hopes that our readers will enjoy these as much as I have, here are some awesome examples of 3D drawings and artists. Also included are a few links to some  3D art techniques for beginners in case any of you want to give it a try.

Ramon Bruin

Dutch artist Ramon Bruin is one of the masters of the technique, drawing skulls, cities, sharks and snakes that seem more like objects that happen to be sitting on paper than drawings.

Ramon Bruin 3D Drawing
Credit: Ramon Bruin

Nagai Hideyuki

Another is Nagai Hideyuki, a 22-year-old Japanese artist who creates 3D drawings in two-dimensional space with sketchbooks that lean open while he draws. Some of his drawings are so life-like, you feel as if you can reach out and wrap your hand around them.

Alessandro Diddi

Italian artist Alessandro Diddi is unique in that his 3D drawings are often set pieces that incorporate real items including pencils, his hands and flame to complete the effect.

Alessandro Diddi 3D Drawing
Credit: Alessandro Diddi

Julian Beever

While British artist Julian Beever doesn’t technically do 3D pen or pencil drawings, he is known worldwide for the 3D street art that he calls anamorphic illusions. His pavement drawings, done in chalk, look three-dimensional when viewed from specific perspectives. And they are gorgeous.

Julian Beever 3D Drawing
Credit: Julian Beever

Tips on 3D drawing

If you’d like to make some of this 3D art for yourself, there are some good tutorials available that start with the basics.

Lou Pemberton’s art site shows how to create the 3D shapes that form the basis of any 3D drawing. Drawing Now also offers some very simple 3D drawing starters that include 3D letters, buildings and cars.

On Youtube, TutoDraw offers a three-part tutorial on 3D drawing, but the videos are in French with badly translated subtitles, so you’ll mostly have to learn just by watching the techniques.

VamosArt also provides a close look at the creation of a 3D drawing of a gaping hole in the ground in the video below.

We’d love to see and post any of your 3D work, so if you draw something you’d like to share, send it along.

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Peter Warrior: Pen & Pencil Expert

With nearly a decade of experience in the pen industry, I successfully ran an online pen business for 9 years. My deep-rooted passion for pens and pencils led me to become a part-time blogger, where I've dedicated myself to sharing the wealth of knowledge I've amassed over the years. I'm a firm believer in the power of the written word, as echoed by Malcolm Forbes: "Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will." My expertise is not just rooted in business, but in the genuine appreciation and understanding of the art of writing instruments.

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