When self-taught artist Ramon Bruin picks up an airbrush, you know something amazing is about to happen. Every image that he creates is an optical illusion that has viewers wondering if they are looking at a flat image or witnessing a three-dimensional moment. Special airbrushing techniques allow the artist to spray paint in gradient patterns on any surface, a system that allows for different densities of color. In combination with these varying lights and darks, Bruin’s accurate and flawless use of shadows creates extremely photorealistic images.
Creatures emerge from below the folds of paper, a bird flies overhead as a shadow spreads out below its wings, and a human hand seems to interact with bits of each sketch, creating further uncertainty about the tangibility of the objects. With a great passion for airbrushing, Bruin states that he is “always pushing his own boundaries” in order to continue developing new and unique artwork. If you like Bruin’s airbrush drawings, you may also enjoy these 3D charcoal illustrations by Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki.