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Check out these 3D pencil drawings I just stumbled upon! They were done by a Chilean artist who calls himself “Fredo”. He is “just” an ordinary 17-year-old prodigy, who draws objects that look like they’re about to jump off the page! Just by looking at his art, can you differentiate what’s real and what’s not? It takes Fredo anywhere from just 30 minutes, to as much as few months to create a single piece! Though there is no doubt he has been inspired by artists, such as M.C. Escher, Fredo’s art definitely has a modern twist. Some of his drawings feature creepy goblins holding physical objects like a lighter or reaching out of the page for a soda can!

Can You Believe These Are Flat?
Can You Believe These Are Flat?
Can You Believe These Are Flat?
Can You Believe These Are Flat?
Can You Believe These Are Flat?
Can You Believe These Are Flat?
Can You Believe These Are Flat?

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113 Responses
  1. Janelle says:

    He also seems to be clearly influenced by Dali and even Picasso.

  2. josephine says:

    The first two and last one are the most realistic, they’re all really cool though!

  3. James Smiths fan says:

    For the elephant one I was like “Whuuuut???!!!” He uses 3d objects to reinforce the illusion! I wanna try it too!

  4. This boy is a genius! An excellent artist, and only 17 years old. I hope he continues to progress and grow.

  5. Kathy says:

    That’s not a goblin holding the lighter, it’s a junkie. Very disturbing images.

    • mike says:

      Who gives a f*ck that it’s a junkie! It’s still a work of art! I suppose that offends you? Give credit where credit’s due,not criticize.

  6. Kathy says:

    Also, the hand in the second picture has 6 fingers! Echoes of your post from a few days ago.

  7. ky says:

    i dnt beleive tht the hand one.. the second one is flat atttt all. thtdsssss ccoooll

  8. Honey says:

    Totally Awesome…………..

  9. Care Bear says:

    Somebody was really paying attention in art class when they taught perspective!

  10. tom says:

    this kid should learn how to tattoo, and move to Hollywood … he’d make a fortune

  11. Lee says:

    He’s real good.

  12. Paul says:

    Let’s not forget Escher in that list…

  13. SnowBerey says:

    I don’t mean to be annoying but just in case you didn’t see this on the other post……

    ok so i took this pic i took not knowing how it looked. when i downloaded it to my computer i realized how confused my brain got when i looked at it. so the only reason this picture works is because i balanced the chair perfectly on two legs, i took a pic with my camera at its angle not knowing creating this illusion
i hope you like it and i also hope you post it :)
the link to the pic i took (i had to make a website to be able to show you) is……
http://illusionpictureitook.blogspot.com/ please look at this thanks for your time

    PS this was not photoshopped

  14. Bec says:

    I go to an art school and just HAD to share this with fellow classmates. Gosh I wish I could draw like that! Thanks for posting!

  15. Rachel says:

    Oh my gosh those are so cool. Where’d you find them? Any certain website or all over the internet?

  16. Ussi Bear says:

    GENIUS!

  17. Ussi Bear says:

    you should consider becoming a tattoo artist..you’d make lot’s of money!!!!

  18. Dennis Kirshner says:

    Have you ever see the 3-D art of Julian Beaver?
    It has been around for years and blows one’s mind!!!

  19. Lizzie says:

    Have to admit, the kid is amazing :O

  20. Linda Walter says:

    He likes eyes, doesn’t he?

  21. qwertyuiop says:

    that is so cool!

  22. urticina says:

    I know I usually only comment when I question something, but these are some of the most increadible drawings I have ever seen. Very impressive.

  23. zwerty says:

    these are bad its quite obvious that they’re flat (all of them)

  24. Jess says:

    Those are incredible

  25. chris says:

    thats awesome!

  26. diane7 says:

    Thanks those drawings look soo Real

    Nice Find :-)

  27. I am in total awe! I wish I had his teacher…

  28. Trevor Shute says:

    that is the greatest 3d art i have ever seen

  29. Chelsea says:

    I’ve never ever seen anything so amazing in my life!! Great work Fredo! Sent the website address to pretty much everyone I know!!! :-)

  30. This is really great ART, I see traces of Dali in some of them…….

  31. Jake O'Neill says:

    these are cool pics, sum are a bit obvious…

  32. Raven says:

    Actually, I can believe they are flat…I don’t see them really popping out like I know they should, I do see them as flat pieces of paper. I also have no depth perception so that’s probably why, but since I know what it’s supposed to look like, I can make myself see some bit of 3D, but I really have to focus :/

    They’re still amazing, though :D

  33. Alice says:

    Totally Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved them! My favorite one was the first one. I can still hardly tell that it is not 3-D!!!!!

  34. Basanta Kumar Pradhan says:

    Fredo is just great……

  35. Ruthie Iorio says:

    studying the first one I see the tape that makes the 3d affect even more real, it brings the off the page in front of the binding of his drawing pad, studying each detail i discover a lot of tricks to the success of his drawings. thanks for sharing them..awesome

  36. Ruby says:

    They look awesaome!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t believe that they worn’t 3D
    at some point I though that you were tricking me

  37. Ashley M M says:

    damm these are amazing. the elephant one and the last one have to b my favorite but they all are just truely amazing. and just 17 years old, WOW

  38. SHYzone says:

    Well I think the second one is a little gross but I won’t juge anyone that took a long time

    THEY ARE ALL AMAZING!!!

  39. Wow, just simply WOW, and he is 17. He has a life time to amzae us all. I hope to see more of his work.

  40. shannon says:

    the 6th picture cant b flat bcoz it is off the paper!!!!!!! not so much an illusion is it? check it b4 you paint it or put it on the internet OMG but they r all really good still especially the dinasour one

  41. illusionlusion says:

    COOL!!

  42. bro'mama says:

    ……lookn 4ward 2more. nice stuf fredo;!$!

  43. DetectiveKitty says:

    Absolutely genius, this guy is going somewhere. The art is indeed realistic and i love how he uses real life objects to enhance his art and illusion.

  44. DONTBEFOOLED says:

    in the 2nd pic -it is obvious the 6th finger\pinky is clearly drawn-different shade-pencile\graphite colour\tone-blurry and slightly out of perportion-the rest of hand is clearly a photo with the ‘cut’ finger bent-UNDER A dead giveaway-the drawn finger\6th-pinky]castS a shadow-all the OTHER FINGERS should as well-BUT DONT=this is because the shadow on the pinky is drawn also

  45. eeee efff geeee says:

    the last one rocks

  46. obamas butt wipe says:

    kewl i have a friend that does this there unbelieveble…..these are better )XD

  47. Shriya says:

    awesome! the hand one is freaky!

  48. kaikaikai says:

    these are so sweet.
    i love the one with the hand.

  49. Paul says:

    The hand is real, but the little finger and the severed finger is drawn, as is the eraser… :)

    Clever use of props enhances depth and realism…

    Me thinks…

  50. AzISeeIt says:

    If anybody’s upset about him losing that finger, don’t be — he’s still got a full set without it. Didja notice? (I didn’t, the first time I looked at it.)

  51. jashan says:

    i look all pictures 50-60times.these r aaammmmuuuuchhh……i have not other words 4 it.keep it up.

  52. Jude says:

    Wow!! Great did..

  53. RickyRo says:

    *mouth drops. THAT is art at the highest level I can think of. Talk about POP art.!

  54. RickyRo says:

    I had to come back and comment ’cause I went back and read the other comments, and noticed ppl mentioning the hand being real. So, I had to go back, and damn sho right that just made this art unexplainable in words.

  55. Ishmael says:

    dats 100% 3rd artwork man, excellent , i really enjoy goin thru the pexels tym nd again… nd am asking my self so many coflicting questions abut how u produced a masterpeice lyk dat..,

  56. eddy says:

    friggin awesome stuff had too look twice and then a third and what the hell 4,5,6 some really outstanding stuff

  57. sravs says:

    how is it possible yaar

  58. ruxandra says:

    omg…its unbelievable…where can i get these pencils?:)):P

  59. Mick Furguson says:

    OUTSTANDING!!!! BRAVO!!!!!

  60. Dinesh says:

    Thank you so much for Each and Everyone….
    I will keep my Hard work Up .

  61. eee efff geee says:

    seems pretty simple I mean ….It would only take me about oh………4500 years

  62. eee efff geee says:

    amazing how did you learn o draw like that???

  63. ANIWURA OMOLAYO says:

    Fredo, this is amazing! Please contact me if you’ve got no sponsorship right now! Find me on facebook: ANIWURA OMOLAYO.

    My favourites: the elephant, the man crawling out, the injured hand and the one with a crocodile.

    Brilliant!

  64. francisca says:

    i know this guy :) is a friend of my ex, he is so cool!

  65. Julio Benitez says:

    I’m a graffiti artist, but these are very awesome drawings

  66. puddintane says:

    To get the 3D to really pop, close one eye and wait.

  67. nathaniel says:

    um its called perspective drawing… been around for awhile.

  68. Nga T A Petero says:

    Oh My this is vool I’ve never seen some of these ones before very clever I wish you can come over here to Nw Zealand and do these kinds of things here cuase this is very cool

  69. Frodo Baggins says:

    I can conceivably imagine most of these as drawings. But that second one is photoshopped, I don’t care what you say.

    • Justin says:

      Thats probably why the artist explained that the hand was HIS and only drew the pinky and severed pointer finger!

  70. annaj:) says:

    whoa!!!!!!!!!! im lovin these they r so awesum!!!!!!!

  71. Nora Reed says:

    Amazingly done artwork, really skillful work by this artist. Impressive !!

  72. Alvina Shaw says:

    Oh My Gosh
    That was simply awsm

  73. Zeb says:

    The last one reminds me of a song “i dug a deep black hole in my soal and I jumped right in, saw myself climbing out as i was climbing in”.
    great song, I just stoped in to see what condition my condition was in.

  74. A. Snow says:

    These are just optical illusions. The hand with five of its fingers are real, check the base of the severed finger and you will notice that it is swollen and much bigger than the rest. The sixth finger is not real, check the difference i

  75. A. Snow says:

    These are just optical illusions. The hand with five of its fingers are real, check the base of the severed finger and you will notice that it is swollen and much bigger than the rest. The sixth finger is not real, check the difference in the coloration of the fifth and sixth finger and you will see the difference. There is also a difference in depth.

  76. They look really absolutly 3 dimensional – fantastic! Great work, love it!!

  77. chuks says:

    What a genius

  78. Suzanne.S.D says:

    This is amazing,the shading is good too. It’s an interesting effect, I’d like to see more of this work. :)
    10/10 !!!

  79. Derp says:

    Yes, yes I can believe that they are flat. Hmph.

  80. Rowena says:

    The shading made it dimensional…and it looks like real….

  81. Veronica says:

    Fredo’s work is amazing. The man climbing out of the hole wouldn’t have his right hand like that though.

    • That’s because the hand is not his…it’s another person below reaching up to add Un-expect-ability to the reality…yes he is a Genius and knows how to set a pic with Mystery and additional possibilities…wonderful gift…

  82. Pateena says:

    The hand one with the decapitated finger is bogus. Two fingers are drawn the rest is his own hand. Take a closer look.
    The rest are good.

    • Kirsty says:

      That’s what it’s meant to be surely – just as in one he has a real lighter, in another he has a real can. In this one he has real hand. It’s not ‘bogus’ because he’s not claiming he drew the whole hand. The fun is seeing where drawing stops and reality begins.

  83. 2NE1 says:

    i be artist like that

  84. wanda lee says:

    Amazing work!! So much talent, can’t wait to see more as he develops his skills.
    Pateena> the hand was very obviously his own, except for the 6th finger, and the severed one. It was the severed finger that was the focus in that piece.
    My favorites, the elephant, and then the wee lizard.

  85. Mr.z says:

    jesus man how long did it take u?

  86. sukhdeep luthra says:

    awesome

  87. Awesome says:

    man that looks awesome

  88. Rick says:

    Staggering. Please post more if it becomes available

  89. Maegi Mac says:

    WoW!! This is absolutely incredible, more so to me than you know. I’ve been losing my vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa for years now, there is no cure and I should have been completely blind 25 yrs ago according to my doctors but I’ve still sight in my right eye. I’ve never been able to see anything in 3D prior to now. We go to movies and there are the video games which use 3d as part of the game so I’ve felt kind of like on the outside looking in with my husband and my kids. Don’t get me wrong, they’re very supportive but it’s hard to relate. This is the first time I’ve seen something which is supposedly a ‘figure’ which I couldn’t believe was actually flat drawing.
    Thank you so very much for sharing these,
    you’ve really made my day.
    God Bless,
    Maegi

  90. edward says:

    very very good

  91. Joshua Eicher says:

    Definitely a talent worth showing off. A career in fine arts or graphic design for gamingi suppose. Keep it up and good luck.

  92. Deborah Wood says:

    reminds me of the trompe l’oeil sidewalk chalk pieces of Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner –
    http://www.boredpanda.com/44-amazing-3d-sidewalk-chalk-artworks-by-julian-beever

  93. vada says:

    That second one is creepy! I thought it was real for a second.

  94. debbie reyna says:

    pretty amzing stuff

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