Anamorphic Drawings Transform Ordinary Pieces of Paper into Mind-Bending Illusions

Illusion Art by Ramon Bruin

Artist Ramon Bruin creates striking anamorphic illusions on paper. When viewed from just the right vantage point, buildings, creatures, and surreal images come alive and seemingly pop off the page.

We have long been fans of Bruin’s work, and he continues to experiment with the format of his illusion art. His most impressive creations still use a multiple-paper approach, in which he gathers a few or several sheets of paper and patches them together to create a cohesive, three-dimensional image. In recent months, however, he has challenged himself by only using a single page (sometimes just a Post-It note), unconventional surfaces, and confining the illusion to a spread in his sketchbook. Despite this limited space, he still produces incredible depth and weight in his drawings that allow them to transcend artwork and enter the realms of the real.

In a recent post on Instagram, Bruin perfectly sums up the allure of his work, as well as illusion art in general: “Each time your pencil touches the paper a new world will appear.” By doing so, he invites us to see something we haven’t before.

Artist Ramon Bruin creates anamorphic illusions on otherwise ordinary pieces of paper.

Illusion Art by Ramon Bruin

When viewed from just the right vantage point, the images look as though they are popping off the page and into real life.

Anamorphic Art by Ramon Bruin

Recently, he has been challenging himself to create illusions on a single sheet of paper or other unconventional surfaces, like a guitar.

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Learn to draw like Bruin when you watch his new YouTube channel!

Ramon Bruin: Website | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Ramon Bruin.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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