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By on November 15, 2010, with 113 Comments

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!

  • Janelle

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

    • Crystal

      And A-Ha.

  • josephine

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

  • James Smiths fan

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gloria-J-Puel/1851334931 Gloria J Puel

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

  • Kathy

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

    • mike

      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.

  • Kathy

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

    • ZL123

      No, five, after one broke off XD

  • ky

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

  • Andrew


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matias-Hosiasson/743778493 Matias Hosiasson


  • Honey

    Totally Awesome…………..

  • Care Bear

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

  • tom

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

  • Lee

    He’s real good.

  • Paul

    Let’s not forget Escher in that list…

  • SnowBerey

    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

    • http://ravengirl9.deviantart.com Raven

      How is it supposed to trick your brain? I have some trouble seeing these things so I’m just wondering.

    • ELC

      very cool illusion! maybe if you take some more pictures like that Vurldak will look at them! :)

    • JohnnyDuck

      That’s really cool :D

  • Bec

    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!

  • Rachel

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

  • Ussi Bear


  • Ussi Bear

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

  • Jacob


  • Dennis Kirshner

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

  • Lizzie

    Have to admit, the kid is amazing :O

  • Linda Walter

    He likes eyes, doesn’t he?

  • qwertyuiop

    that is so cool!

  • urticina

    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.

  • zwerty

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

  • Jess

    Those are incredible

  • chris

    thats awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Le/1552105812 Michael Le

    That’s amazing :o

  • diane7

    Thanks those drawings look soo Real

    Nice Find :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Ann-Ingram/1167061384 Patricia Ann Ingram

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

  • Trevor Shute

    that is the greatest 3d art i have ever seen

  • http://moillusions.com Chelsea

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-Braas-Lily/1105585297 Elizabeth Brañas Lily

    Awesome 3D…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-ONeill/100000110701193 Jake O’Neill

    these are cool pics, sum are a bit obvious…

  • http://ravengirl9.deviantart.com Raven

    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

  • Alice

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

  • Basanta Kumar Pradhan

    Fredo is just great……

  • Ruthie Iorio

    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

  • Ruby

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

  • Ashley M M

    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

  • SHYzone

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


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Davor-Makovi/734850187 Davor Maćković

    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.

  • shannon

    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

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  • bro’mama

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

  • DetectiveKitty

    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.

  • http://www.moillusions.com DONTBEFOOLED

    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

  • eeee efff geeee

    the last one rocks

  • obamas butt wipe

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

  • Shriya

    awesome! the hand one is freaky!

    • Charcoal_specialist

      the hand has six fingers

    • Moulde

      I’t *had* 6 fingers ;)

  • http://kaidensevenphoto.com kaikaikai

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

  • Paul

    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…

  • AzISeeIt

    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.)

  • jashan

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

  • Jude

    Wow!! Great did..

  • RickyRo

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

  • RickyRo

    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.

  • Ishmael

    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..,

  • eddy

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

  • http://www.moillusions.com sravs

    how is it possible yaar

  • ruxandra

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

  • Mick Furguson


  • Dinesh

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

  • eee efff geee

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

  • eee efff geee

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


    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.


  • http://freakpancha.tumblr.com francisca

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

  • Julio Benitez

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

  • puddintane

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

  • nathaniel

    um its called perspective drawing… been around for awhile.

  • Nga T A Petero

    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

  • Frodo Baggins

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

    • Justin

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

  • annaj:)

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

  • http://www.logoblog.org Nora Reed

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

  • Alvina Shaw

    Oh My Gosh
    That was simply awsm

  • Zeb

    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.

  • A. Snow

    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

  • A. Snow

    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.

  • http://www.soerenmuenzer.de Fotograf Osnabrück

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

  • http://www.gmail.com yssubramanyam

    i love and admire..

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  • chuks

    What a genius

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzanne.s.donoghue Suzanne.S.D

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

  • Derp

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

  • Rowena

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

  • Veronica

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

    • http://www.Sirtony.info Michael Savage aka Sirtony

      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…

  • Pateena

    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.

    • http://kirstymcallister.blogspot.com Kirsty

      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.

  • 2NE1

    i be artist like that

  • wanda lee

    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.

  • Mr.z

    jesus man how long did it take u?

  • sukhdeep luthra


  • Awesome

    man that looks awesome

  • Rick

    Staggering. Please post more if it becomes available

  • Maegi Mac

    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,

  • edward

    very very good

  • Joshua Eicher

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

  • Deborah Wood

    reminds me of the trompe l’oeil sidewalk chalk pieces of Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner –

  • vada

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

    • MM

      I think they are creepy too

  • debbie reyna

    pretty amzing stuff