JRD Tata’s Anamorphic Portrait

User called Prady submitted an interesting “anamorphosis mystery” few days ago, and I think it’s best to let him tell the story in his own words. It goes like this: “Hi Vurdlak! This is something I thought would be right for the moillusions.com. Painting you see on the right can be seen at the Tata Museum, in Jamshedpur, India. This was a gift to JRD Tata on his Birthday by a street artist. Nobody was able to understand this art form of his. Unfortunately, only the painting was given to JRD and the artist had promised to reveal the secret shortly. However, JRD was no more when the secret was finally revealed. The painting… The secret of the painting is a short shiny steel rod placed on the circular mark on the painting. This is what you see in the reflection on the steel rod… JRD Tata himself…. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!”

I believe we even blogged about this image in the past, but never had so much detailed photos and knew the insteresting story behind it. Those of you who missed the original post, will have full insight now, and those of you already saw it, will surely enjoy it as well! I’m going to study now, since I have important exam tomorrow. It’s called “Comutation Systems”, and shouldn’t be too hard to study. Still, everything si possible. Keep your fingers crossed!


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30 Replies to “JRD Tata’s Anamorphic Portrait”

  1. if u look at the painting closely u can actually see that its the guy just painted weirdly so that it shows fine on the tube…
    do u know what i mean?

  2. This is so unbelievably cool! I love it! :D
    You can actually see the man painted on the painting. It must take quite a lot of skill to make that.

  3. The easy way to do this is to use a photo projector aimed at the cylinder to spread the image onto the canvas then trace it. It is still not that easy but it is the easiest way.

    1. Just thinking is not enough. Please specify one name who can make it in photoshop. If it could have been possible in photoshop Mr.Virdi would have never got the Guinness World Records.

  4. Just another example of the wonders of human perception and creativity. I marvel whenever I see one of these.

    1. draw the exact face of jrd or anyone’s face in a glass sheet…i mean the sheet u draw must be transparent so tat light pass through it….then fold the sheet with painting inwards such tat the two ends of rectangular sheet meet at its exact end point…place a candle or any light source at the centre such tat it is surrounded by our sheet….draw the image tat is projected out..Make sure the light reflected through the glass sheet is properly caught so tat u can draw it from the image.i think it would make…its difficult..innovative…morethan a normal man’s work….if im wrong inform me…And also learn to know the fact tat….man wit a talent will not be always famous…like a diamond in a gutter..later called as kohinoor

  5. draw the pic on glass cylinder cut half way with the same curvature…..then put a light behind it so that the stretched pic is projected on the canvas…..then just be normal artist with a paintbrush! innovative work though….

    1. Wow…So simple. Right?? Have you ever tried it by yourself?? If so I would like to know more about this method. Because Leonardo Da Vinci (a great mathmatician, scientist, philosopher etc) had initiated this form of art in 16th century. Mr.Virdi does it absolutely by free hand if you need I can send you his dvd in which he has demonstrated the art. If you need some more information contact me at 09708113085
      Goutam

    1. Hi,
      I recently saw these comments on Late Mr.JRD Tata’s Painting. The artist is Mr. Awtar Singh Virdi from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. He is believed to be the ONLY artist available for Anamorphic Portraits in the whole world. He was a Tisco employee but now retired. He holds Guinness World Records for his artistic talent of Anamorphic Art. He can be contacted at 09708113085.
      1401-Gloxinia, Vijaya GArdens, Baridih, JAmshedpur, Jharkhand-831017

  6. draw the exact face of jrd or anyone’s face in a glass sheet…i mean the sheet u draw must be transparent so tat light pass through it….then fold the sheet with painting inwards such tat the two ends of rectangular sheet meet at its exact end point…place a candle or any light source at the centre such tat it is surrounded by our sheet….draw the image tat is projected out..Make sure the light reflected through the glass sheet is properly caught so tat u can draw it from the image.i think it would make…its difficult..innovative…morethan a normal man’s work….if im wrong inform me…And also learn to know the fact tat….man wit a talent will not be always famous…like a diamond in a gutter..later called as kohinoor

  7. they did this trick on bbc the magicians, the face was british singer “Joemcelddery” and it was done much larger….so large they managed to hide Joe inside the massive mirror they was using after the trick

  8. no candle would never work it would never produce a sharp image to trace infact if the light is placed inside the tube no light can produce sharp image with such proximity to the tube and it cannot be done in photo shop there is no way you can modify an image in this case a reverse distorted image ( i would like to know if there is) in P.S. being an artist i think placing the tube in its place and just drawing free hand focusing on the image forming in the tube is the best way to do it its difficult not imposible.. worth trying

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