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How to do 3D Anamorphic Artwork and Sidewalk, Street, and Driveway Art

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Hello,
My name is "Grease" and this is my first Instructable.
I would like to "Thank You" for stopping by.

Have you ever seen the 3D Anamorphic pictures that Julian Beever has drawn on the sidewalks, streets and driveways
.
Well, this is my version of doing it, on printed paper, from your computer.
I did do a chalk drawing of the lighter.
You will have to go to step 8, to see all the pictures.

It is pretty simple to do.
I did all my artwork in Coreldraw X3.
Any Vector program would work.

I used a cigarette lighter, as the artwork.

Take a second and make sure and give me a VOTE!t;
 

I think it worked out quite well!
If you want to learn my technique,
please proceed on...

Can YOU tell which is the REAL lighter??

Yet, another 3D drawing instructable that I made.
Here is where it is located:
3D Drawings in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6



 
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Step 1: The GRID

Picture of The GRID
The first thing I did was draw the grids as shown below.
I drew the blue grid first.
Then I added perspective to the blue grid and turned it into a black grid.
(you could trace over my grids)

In Coreldraw X3 I used the Add Perspective Effect.

Step 2: Place object in the grid.

Picture of Place object in the grid.
Then I inserted my artwork that I wanted to be 3D.
As shown the cigarette lighter.

Then group your object and the black grid.

I had to convert the lighter to vectors, or the
ADD perspective effect would not work.

Ok, on to the the next step.

Step 3: Add perspective to object and black grid.

Picture of Add perspective to object and black grid.
Now, using the Add Perspective Effect.
I lined up the black grid with the blue grid, as shown.
I used a lot of pushing, pulling and nudging the nodes in
Add Perspective mode.

This would be the printed image, you would bring to the
sidewalk to draw from.

Draw a grid on the side walk, then copy the lighter into
the grid!
You would want to draw your grid very lightly, so you could
erase or chalk in with the driveway color.

You could also make your grid from some pinstripe tape.
Then peel the tape up, after you have a good sketch done of
your artwork.

Pretty simple, eh...

Step 4: Remove black grid and add shadows.

Picture of Remove black grid and add shadows.
Now, I removed the grids.
Which were on separate layers.
I had to ungroup the lighter and black grid, first.
Then removed the grids.

And I was left with the distorted lighter.
Then I added the shadows to match the other real lighter.
Or you could use the actual shadows from the original.

You could leave the blue grid on.
Print out a copy.
Bring that art work with you to the sidewalk, to grid it out.

You would have to draw your grid very lightly on the sidewalk
then just draw your image as it appears in the grid.

Ok, this is my final image, which I would print out
on my inkjet printer.

Step 5: Photograph with camera on tripod.

Picture of Photograph with camera on tripod.
This is the printed copy photographed.

I had my camera on a tripod.
With no flash.

You will have to adjust the tripod to match with the 3D object.

Voilà!

You could print some stickers, or use it as a guide to go to the sidewalk
and draw it.

Now to peek at what the Artwork looks like, head on!

Step 6: Actual picture of stretched artwork.

Picture of Actual picture of stretched artwork.
Here is the original lighter with the printed copy next to it.

Pretty amazing, huh...

Check some other pictures I did...

Step 7: My 3D Paper Examples

Here a few I did..

NO photoshop involved!


I am sure this technique could be applied to the Sidewalk method.

You would just make sure you have a good 3D picture to start with.

Note, the 3D shadow is wrong, with the knife.
Two lights, maybe?

Hope you all Enjoy!!!

Proceed to Step 8, to see my chalk drawing!

Step 8: My FIRST 3D Chalk Drawing. More to come...

Well, I'm no Julian Beever.

This is what I came up with..
The chalk drawing actual size is about 3 feet by 21 feet long.

I spent about 6 hours on it today..

I only used the Thick Chalk you get at Walmart.
So, my palette was limited.

Enjoy...

Update:
Just finished another chalk drawing today. 5-28-2009.
Hope you like it.
I think it turned out rather well!

I did use my grid method to draw the gumball machine.
Also, had better chalks this time.
Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed my instructable!
DaveNJ5 months ago
This is really cool! Thanks for sharing it. Great work! I am going to try this out.
Saad 27156 months ago
I love your drawings. Your drawings are just what I was searching for. How can you make them look so realistic and 3 dimensional.
Greasetattoo (author)  Saad 27156 months ago
Thank you..Glad you found the instructable!
dew26m7 months ago
I'm new to CorelDRAW and I'm using version x6. Could you help me out a little bit on the very first step. I drew my grid, but I am not able to go to "effects" and choose add perspective, as it is greyed out and not available, even after clicking on and selecting my first grid? Any suggestions?
dew26m dew26m7 months ago
Never mind, got it, thanks!
Greasetattoo (author)  dew26m7 months ago
GREAT!
You have to convert your image to vectors,
then it should work.
Please post your results!
thanks
luckycat19958 months ago
These are awesome! Could I use this technique to print a word on a smaller sheet of paper and then blow it up to make it fit in a 22" x 55" horizontal rectangle? Would it still have this effect? Thanks
Greasetattoo (author)  luckycat19958 months ago
Sure...Just take a picture of the smaller one, to make sure all the proportions are right. Then bring the file to a large size printer and have him print you a floor sticker! I've seen it done! Good Luck!

Make sure and check out my other instructables!
carolb49 months ago
I do not have any vector programs so.....how do I draw the grid? How big do I make the squares? Then how do I change the perspective of the black grid? I really want to understand how yo draw a pavement chalk drawing but seem to have zero artistic genes.
Greasetattoo (author)  carolb49 months ago
Well, get out the ole pencil and paper.
A ruler would help too!
That's how I started with my prototypes...
Good luck!
kunalthadhani10 months ago
i dont understand the gird part ... and question .. what if the lighter was bigger than the black grid ?? :/
Greasetattoo (author)  kunalthadhani9 months ago
Then you shrink the lighter.
HollyMann10 months ago
WOWWWWWWWWWW I knew you were an artist! You're amazing. I had been trying to draw a 3d illusion picture like these in the past. This is way better! If time permits - I'm doing this over the summer!
Greasetattoo (author)  HollyMann10 months ago
Thanks for the kind words, Holly!
Post a picture!
Make sure and check out my other 3D drawing tutorial!
andrea biffi11 months ago
I love it!! very funny!
ecsaul2311 months ago
very very cool. Thanks for posting!
Greasetattoo (author)  ecsaul2311 months ago
Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!
ayushijain1 year ago
heyy its an amazing technique..but plzz let me knw how can we do the cubical or finger pointing on paper...one paper is base and the other perpendicular...is there some other technique for dat..
Greasetattoo (author)  ayushijain1 year ago
http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Drawings-in-Sketchbook-Pro-6/
hghamdi1 year ago
wow so nice
cuneyt1 year ago
Thank youuu soooooooooooooo much. All day I have been think about that and with your technic I can create an advertisement object for mouse pad for my client.. Very very thanksss :)
Tomdf1 year ago
I looked at the first picture and my first thought was "why doesn't this picture show an example, its just a picture of two lighters?"
I had to really look at it before my brain would accept that one was printed on the paper.
Very nice work!
Greasetattoo (author)  Tomdf1 year ago
Thank you..
zjafar1 year ago
So i've been following you for some time now and I have a few questions regarding your art. What if I want to apply the vectors and then print it out on to a much larger surface like a sticker which is 25 feet x 15 feet. Could that be done? Any instructables I have seen you do is on an A4 sized paper. Could this be done? I am attaching the image we have developed. I'm really short on time and could really use your help.
Greasetattoo (author)  zjafar1 year ago
Sure you could.
You would have to bring it to a copy center and have them make it "BIG".
As big as you wanted!
It still should work!
Hey Grease,

Listen would you be available to do some freelance work? I'm attaching the concept along with this email...you can get in touch with me at szj@rrr.com.pk . I just did Pakistan's first ever 3D street art...you can check my page out at www.facebook.com/rtrends . looking forward to hearing from you
okay. we don't have any copy centers here but we do have large scale printers so I'm guessing it's the same concept. So if I'm gathering this correctly here are the steps I should follow:

-Trace your grid
-add the artwork I've shown you in it
-perspective
-and once i have my skewed image i should just print it

considering it's 25 feet in length and 15 feet in width do you suggest a certain viewing angle or distance. Is there any formula for this? or just keep moving the camera higher and further away till it seems right?

I really do appreciate your help. I need to submit this in a week and the guy who was supposed to draw it live for me has disappeared hence why I'm looking at a printing option.
Here is the image (I think?)
Cheers, Ben
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Greasetattoo (author)  ben woodhams1 year ago
Fantastic, Ben!
GREAT job, love seeing peoples work!
Glad I could help in the process!
Hello - thank you for posting - I've spent quite a while researching anamorphic perspective and yours was one of the most clear 'how to' descriptions. Once I had fixed my viewpoint I used a camera to record the eye level and vanishing points, and then worked it out from there (instead of computer or projector). The hardest thing is to get the relationship correct, between the 'birds eye view' canvas (=floor/paper) and the size and angle of the canvas (=floor/paper) from the viewpoint, if you, erm, know what I mean....

Anyway, you can see the finsihed result here, and the 'making of' film on youTube.
Best wishes, Ben

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OK9Te7f_YE

www.benwoodhams.com
MsDub1 year ago
thanks so much for these directions. My class is going to do this with out computers. Is there any way you would post what the two part drawings look like when viewed straight on? I'd like to show them an example so they (I ) can wrap their/my head around it. I get the single vantage point but not how you link up two. Thanks again. I can't wait to have them try it.
Greasetattoo (author)  MsDub1 year ago
There is a example on the first page.
The water rocket is flatten out!
Good luck, and post pictures!
great stuff!
how did you do the hand drawing, spray paint and the finger pointing on paper? It lloks like half on wall half on ground. is the technique different?
this would be great for my class I teach. I noticed the wacom pens in illustrations. that is what we use.
thanks!
Greasetattoo (author)  designteacher1 year ago
Pretty much the same technique.
I do all my drawings on the Wacom.
Except for my chalk ones!

Thanks for the kind comments, and give me a vote!
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Greasetattoo (author)  designteacher1 year ago
Pretty much the same technique.
I do all my drawings on the Wacom.
Except for my chalk ones!

Thanks for the kind comments, and give me a vote!
Thanks and have a great weekend!
bions2 years ago
I'd just like to remind everyone that it's very easy to print out 3D anamorphic images or grids for transfer to sidewalk using BSAsidewalk3D. No math required, no cut and try. Just load your image, set up the viewing position and the size of the resulting image and print out the projection grid or save the projection to a file. More fun and less fuss. Available at a very low price for both Mac and Windows. Visit www.BionWare.com for details.
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Greasetattoo (author)  bions1 year ago
I should get a FREE version! For giving you the idea!
zjafar1 year ago
i've emailed the image to you
propri1 year ago
sir,
This would be the printed image, you would bring to the sidewalk to draw from.( Step 3) - i cannot understand bring to the side walk.. any new grid or step ? please explain
Greasetattoo (author)  propri1 year ago
Hello,
Yes, you would have to draw a grid on the sidewalk with your chalk, then draw your drawing on the grid.
Hope this helps.
http://drawsketch.about.com/od/drawinglessonsandtips/ss/griddrawing.htm
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