I always love seeing 2-D art that creates a 3-D illusion. It’s a fun trick of the eye and a really impressive show of talent. You have to think about the drawing differently when trying to make it look 3-D. Artist João A. Carvalho manipulates 2-D illustrations to make them appear 3-D. Carvalho carefully draws the lines to make it look like lined notebook paper, which helps to further the illusion. Some of his pieces just work with the lines, looking like ripples and waves. Another set of sketches from the series feature a variety of cartoon characters. I love how it looks like the notebook paper was just pressed over the 3-D figure and formed around it. Carvalho does a great job with the shadows and lines to create dimension even though the sketch itself is flat.
What cartoon characters are your favorite? Check out Drawing Cartoon Faces by 8fish and Harry Hamernik and Manga Monster Madness by David Okum for step-by-step tutorials on drawing cartoons, expressions and more.
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