Many modern artforms strive for a three-dimensional appearance. What does it mean to be 3D? An image is considered 3D when it appears to have depth - just as we view truly three-dimensional objects in real life - despite being displayed on a two-dimension medium, such as a screen, a sheet of paper, or a canvas.
3D optical illusions happen because our brains try to interpret these images as they do real-world objects, based on our experiences with shadows, perspective, angles, and the like.
Three dimensional art has a very long history. Early cave paintings gave way to carvings that allowed representations in three dimensions. In ancient Rome, paintings were made using linear perspective, a mathematical technique that gives the drawing the illusion of distance and space.
As early as the 1800s, special glasses called stereoscopes were used to view 3D images. These are akin to the "Viewmaster" 3D viewers still sold as children's toys today.
Since the 1950s, 3D glasses called anaglyphs - with their familiar blue and red lenses - have been used to aid in the viewing of 3D movies.
Today, three-dimensional art is often created using computer-generated graphics. This is especially apparent in animated movies and video games.
Yet, three-dimensional drawings still attract adoring fans. One example of this is the popularity of 3D street painting. Artists use chalks or paints to create sidewalk art that, when viewed from the correct angle, appears as a highly realistic picture with great depth. Some of these paintings are on permanent display at museums. A common theme of this artwork is the three-dimensional hole.
The three-dimensional hole in this drawing guide could come straight from a modern video game such as Minecraft, which employs blocks and cubes to create a 3D world.
Would you like to draw a three-dimensional hole? This easy, step-by-step 3D drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
1. Begin by drawing two straight lines. The angle should be pointing upward, like the roof of a house. Notice that one line is longer than the other. These lines form the joints between the walls and the floor at the back of the room.
2. Draw straight lines from the shorter of the two lines, parallel to the longer line. These lines indicate boards on the floor, giving it texture.
3. Enclose a rectangle alongside one of these boards using three shorter straight lines, connected at right angles.
4. Continue to draw parallel lines across the floor, leaving the rectangle unlined.
5. Continue to draw straight, parallel lines across the floor until the entire floor is textured with boards.
6. Draw straight lines descending vertically from the shorter edge of the rectangle. Notice how the spacing of the lines matches the lines drawn on the floor. This helps to give the hole a three-dimensional appearance.
7. Shade the remainder of the hole.
8. Add shading and texture to the unshaded portion of the hole. Use short lines of various lengths descending from the top of the hole and ascending upward from the lowest visible portion of the hole.
9. Continue to draw straight parallel lines to extend the floor as far as you wish.
Color your drawing of a three-dimensional hole.
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.