Simple 3D Anamorphic Drawing Tutorial
Want to know how to make a 3D drawing that appears to float? Of course you do! Here’s a drawing tutorial on anamorphic drawing. This is a great worksheet for tweens and teens. Anamorphic art is a fascinating artform which you can learn more about in our resources section below. You’ll find links to anamorphic artwork from the Renaissance to contemporary art.
An anamorphosis is a distorted image that can only be seen in its correct proportions from a certain angle, or when using a special mirror or lens. The artist uses forced perspective to create an illusion.
There are two types of anamorphosis: mirror and perspective. Mirror anamorphosis uses a cylindrical mirror to view the image in its correct state. Perspective anamorphosis requires the viewer to look at the image from a specific angle.
A well-known painting that uses perspective anamorphosis is Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors, painted in 1533 during the Renaissance. To see the hidden image, the viewer must place their head near the lower right-hand corner of the painting, and look to the left, to see the skull in its correct proportions. Viewed from any other angle it looks like a skull that’s stretched and tipped on its side.
Anamorphic Art Resources
The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger
TRULY design is a visual communication studio founded in 2007 and directed by urban artists active in the graffiti scene since 1996. Check out their portfolio of anamorphic and optical illusion public art.
Perspective anamorphic art by Felice Varini.
Anamorphic sculptures by Jonty Hurwitz.
Mirror anamorphosis by István Orosz.
Free Anamorphic Drawing Worksheet for Teens
Download our FREE Anamorphic Floating Puzzle Cube PDF and follow the directions for a lesson that will be a hit with your students. Librarians can use the PDF as a passive project for teens.
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