How to do 3D Anamorphic Artwork Yourself


Greg Lehman, aka The “Grease” has to be one of the first fans Mighty Optical Illusions has picked over the years. He has been sending us incredible optical illusions all the way back in 2006. You can check the underlined words in this text to see all his previous submissions.

This time he did something really awesome. By now, you’ve probably seen all the 3D Anamorphic pictures that Julian Beever has drawn on the sidewalks, if not check the first category in our sidebar. Well, this is Greg’s version of doing it, simply by printing anamorphic images on paper, of from his computer. Off course, he did a chalk drawings of them first. Can you tell which of these objects are the REAL thing?

Grease, if you’re reading this I still have some of your previous unpublished illusions in my draft, but never managed to publish them. Hopefully one day I will :) Oh and btw, Greg “The Grease” is the owner of top tattoo studio. If he is so good in optical illusions and art in general, I’m sure his tattoos are among the best ones out there! Would be interesting to see more of his tattooed optical illusions, what you think?

  • Anonymous

    very impressive…i love the first one the best…the glasses look unnatural, but the wiry parts that rest on one’s ears look totally 3d, which is awesome.

    And yea, julian beever’s are insane on the chalk, especially bc they are so temporary….this is cool bc there is more permanence…woah, my mind is totally being blown, crazy, wow!

  • Anonymous

    thats crazy and cool ! first post yay!

    • im cool like that

      your not the first comment :D whats up with althis first comment stuff? :D

  • Anonymous

    WOW! Its amazing!
    But next time be aware of the shadow.

  • Anonymous

    These are not such great illusions. The shadows of the Bic lighters should at least be the same length adjusted for being offset for their location on the paper, and the shadows of the Bic lighter and the Swiss style knife should at least be going in the same direction. It is obvious that the photos of the objects were not taken at the same time unless they were edited to appear so.

  • Purple Wave AV

    Cool, I wish I could do one!

  • Kevin

    WOW, that’s amazing!!

  • Anonymous

    How about a tutorial on getting the angle right on print

  • Detective Kitty

    that’s awesome! I lvoe how it’s sooo 3-d ish very nice work. I had a little trouble at first, telling the idfference between the two first ones but theen I saw the fake one’s red button thing was missing a shadow or sidebar thing. Nice work. It tricked me until that red part.

  • Anonymous

    So how does one go about doing this?

  • popcorn

    oh my god!!!
    i want to be an artist so i am so jealous!!! i so want to do that!!!

  • Dunham

    wow, and i thought i was a pretty good artist. nice work, defnetly

  • Anonymous

    Ok now if your going to come to this site and whinge about how it’s not perfect bugger off and do your own illusion thats better. Otherwise save your “err its shadows are slightly off you have ruined my day” crap for your emo cut yourself chat sites.

  • R.C.

    I love the camera! That’s amazing!

  • Anonymous

    i like the jedi’s in the second to last picture :D
    the 3D drawings are awesome!

  • Anonymous

    theese were pretty cool except on the first one i could tell the left was real because the one on the right’s color was to light

  • Luis

    is this al printed or drawn??… cuz it loks like it would be easy to photohop sometthing and then print it out..

  • yoda82

    cool was he the one who also did the two dr.pepper hats

  • Anonymous

    Wow imagine if it was printed in a high quality/different paper, then it would look REALLY real i liked it nice :)

  • blaitus

    yeah i agree these are very clever

    Lol @ the guy whinging about the shadows.

    He must suck a lot of Dee Eye See Kay

  • Anonymous

    That is some nice stuff and very neat camara

  • Mark Maranta

    Ummm… at the risk of being technical here, I’m not seeing a ‘how to’ anywhere. Your title is misleading.

  • bookofwisdom

    I am blown away! I have always called myself a “wana B” artist but when I see something like this I know I’ll never B one. Great talent! Love everything you post!

  • NYCgirl

    Wow, those are awesome. I tried making a couple of simple ones and, even though I can’t draw well, the concept still looked cool.

  • Travalgar

    It’s amazing to see what a guy with a chalk and a piece of paper can do. Simply amazing.

  • Grease

    Hey Everyone,
    Thanks for all the KIND comments.
    If you want to try them yourselves,
    here is the instructable that I made!

  • Amid Zaman

    those jedis look mighty fake….. :P

  • goooooood

  • happy-WAY

    That’s really cool~~~

  • THe maung maung

    That’s very good, man!
    You are very dangerous man, yeah!

  • mind ticks

  • These anamorphic artwork’s are not good. I can see what is real and what is not real.. So what?

  • Yes, the art of illusion or tromp l eoil, French for “Trick the Eye” goes back before Christ. See history >'%C5%93il

    Mark Seibold, Artist-Astronomer, Portland OR

  • These make good art.

  • goots

    screwed up on the shadow for the second one

  • Horatio

    I like this one a lot, its awesoem!!!!!!!

  • artman225

    beautiful .

  • littleladygoldie

    we have the same digi cam… =D nice illusion. do a cockroach next time and blow it out of proportion!!!!

  • zcat

    WTF? How is this amazing?

    Take a photo of the object you want sitting on a piece of paper.

    Stretch the image a little in photoshop or gimp to compensate for the angle of the paper when it gets printed

    Print it on another piece of paper.

    Here’s another cool thing you can do. sit down and take a photo of your knees/feet. Set it as your laptop background. Put your laptop on your lap and take another photo, lined up so it looks like you’re looking through the screen. that is cool. Example here;

    • Very impressive. I enjoyed the other also. The possibilites are limited only by ones imagination…

  • Elliot

    wow thts absolutlely brilliant!

  • Me

    Not impressive but its pretty cool.

  • Enalya

    Most excellent art. The guys a genius! Loved the pocketknife. Most realistic of the lot IMO

  • Thundersong

    I don’t get it… THAT IS CRAZY

  • M.Ramachandran

    Very impressive technology. would like to know about.

  • hye guys,….I can just don’t understand how to make these 3d arts….please help me…I need to prepare a 3D model for INTER SCHOOL SCIENCE EXHIBITON

  • I need to prepare it as soon as I can…please explain me clearly how to prepare 3D models….The topic of my project is “REDUCING THE NEED FOR WATER ALL OVER INDIA”…please sir….I plead u 2 understand my situation and help me pls….i need an exact idea tomorrow…so, it may be easy to prepare my project sooner….pls…pls…pls sir..

  • connie

    can u teach me to do this

  • connie

    r u gr8 at it

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