Understand the 3D Anamorphic Painting Technique

3D Anamorphic PaintingYou turn to a corner and, on the sidewalk in front, there is a lake or a hole that extends several meters down. Don’t worry, you’re not in a fantasy world; you are actually watching a 3D anamorphic painting. It is a kind of realistic art that achieves its effect by deliberate distortion of the images that compose it.


Also popularly known as street painting because of its most common site these days, the anamorphic 3D art has its origins in the early Renaissance. During that time, artists used geometric principles to paint a deformed image on a flat or two-dimensional surface. When they saw the reflection in a mirror in detailed angle, the image appeared normal.

Basic principles

The anamorphic 3D painting requires great artistic talent, including the ability to capture images in a realistic way. It also follows well-defined principles that any artist can use to create one of these paintings.

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To start an anamorphic 3D painting, the artist draws a blueprint or a thumbnail of the planned work. The goal this time is to stretch the image as viewed from one perspective. This will contribute to the illusion that the final painting is a real part of your environment. Then, the lines of grids are overlaid on the painting. This is a network of horizontal and vertical lines that divide the surface of the painting into squares. The use of a grid facilitates the transfer of the image from the paper to the floor.

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3D Anamorphic Painting 2When choosing a location, most artists trying to choose a street with little to no vehicle traffic. A steady stream of cars and trucks can make your job much more difficult. The artist should take measures and draw a grid with chalk with the same number of cells as in the blueprint. In the content of each cell or square, the grid is carefully copied to the corresponding cell on the floor. The last step is thoroughly purge any residual evidence of the grid lines. Most artists prefer taking pictures of their street art from the desired point of view and from an aerial perspective. These photos provide a lasting record of their work. By its definition, street art is temporary, and likely to be removed by rainwater.



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