Although it appears the ship is about to take off into the distance, it is in fact the result of nothing but paper and pen.
A Dutch artist has created a series of 3D illustrations using a technique similar to airbrushing, making everything from planes to contorted faces pop out of the sheet.
Although he is a professionally schooled airbrush artist, Ramon Bruin's work with just pen and paper is what truly makes you question what is art and what is reality.
Sail away: An elegant ship appears to be sailing through a sea of white paper sheets in one of the artist's creations
Sail away: An elegant ship appears to be sailing through a sea of white paper sheets in one of the artist's creations
Mr Bruin often adds art supplies, pens and erasers or cleverly positioning his own hand in the photos to bring his illustrations to life.
The 31-year-old calls the technique ‘anamorphosis’ but has refused to give further details about how he creates the mind-boggling images.
‘Anamorphosis’, Bruin says, derives from airbrushing, a way of painting which he has used for over a decade.
'Airbrushing is a great technique for making paintings with depth and realism,' the 31-year-old freelance artist said in an interview with the New York Daily News last year.
Eyeopener: 3D sketch artist Ramon Bruin uses a technique similar to airbrushing when he creates the terrifyingly real drawings
Eyeopener: 3D sketch artist Ramon Bruin uses a technique similar to airbrushing when he creates the terrifyingly real drawings
Pen tricks: Mr Bruin is trained as an airbrush artist but it is with his 3D illustrations that he has captured the attention of the world
Pen tricks: Mr Bruin is trained as an airbrush artist but it is with his 3D illustrations that he has captured the attention of the world
Imagination: A magical landscape appears to be growing from the paper as trains meet snakes, birds and the devil
Imagination: A magical landscape is growing from the paper as trains meet snakes, birds and the devil
Birth: The talented Mr Bruin has made it seem like the hatched snakes are crawling through the paper rectangles
Birth: The talented Mr Bruin has made it seem like the hatched snakes are crawling through the rectangles
Mr Bruin uses props to make his images come alive
Out of the picture: Mr Bruin uses props to make his images come alive
Out of the picture: Mr Bruin uses props to make his images come alive
Marriage magic: Mr Bruin created this drawing for a couple to celebrate their marriage last year
Marriage magic: Mr Bruin created this drawing for a couple to celebrate their marriage
Mind-Boggling 3D Drawings on Flat Sheets of Paper Optical illusion art
Optical illusions: The playful use of skulls and monsters have made Mr Bruin an internet celebrity
Optical illusions: His impressive 3D skills displayed has made Mr Bruin an internet celebrity
Skullduggery: This morbid drawing shows a skull as it appears to be coming back from the dead through the paper
Skullduggery: This morbid drawing shows a skull as it comes back from the dead through the paper
Monkeying around: After drawing the two monkeys and the strongman that has come to their aid, Mr Bruin holds his pen in front of the camera to create the ultimate 3D effect
Monkeying around: After drawing the two monkeys and the strongman that has come to their aid, Mr Bruin holds his pen in front of the camera to create the ultimate 3D effect
Walk the line: By holding up a piece of string, it appears that the drawn man is balancing across the paper
Walk the line: By holding up a piece of string, it appears that the drawn man is balancing across the paper
‘The challenge is making anamorphic illustrations is to not only make the drawings look 3D, but that the pictures of the illustrations look 3D as well.
'This depth can only been seen from a certain angle. I also experimented with light and with the correct light it appeared the drawing came off the paper.'
Bruin developed the technique by studying airbrushing at the Airbrush Academie in Lelystad, The Netherlands, and continued through his own company, JJK Airbrush.
It's real! A child's drawing of a monster comes alive thanks to Mr Bruin's awe-inspiring 3D skills
It's real! A child's drawing of a monster comes alive thanks to Mr Bruin's awe-inspiring 3D skills
United: Although he mainly works with led pencils in black and white, Mr Bruin sometimes adds a splash of colour in his whimsical art projects
Innovation: Although he mainly works with led pencils in black and white, Mr Bruin sometimes adds a splash of colour in his whimsical art projects
Play on fear: A miniature gnome stand terrified facing a very real looking Tyrannosaurus Rex which has broken through the paper wall
Play on fear: A miniature gnome stand terrified facing a very real looking Tyrannosaurus Rex which has broken through the paper wall
Jump out: A woman appears to be peeking through her own notes surrounded by sketches for tattoos alongside a detective inspecting a pen
Jump out: A woman appears to be peeking through her own notes surrounded by sketches for tattoos
Jump out: A woman appears to be peeking through her own notes surrounded by sketches for tattoos alongside a detective inspecting a pen
Pick me up: Thanks to a clever use of his own hand, Mr Bruin makes it look like he is picking up a military tag from the paper
Pick me up: Thanks to a clever use of his own hand, Mr Bruin makes it look like he is picking up a military tag from the paper
Come fly with me: Three airplanes appears take flight from the cleverly places papers on the floor
Come fly with me: Three airplanes appears take flight from the cleverly placed papers on the floor
Blown over: Two drawn men have a tug-of-war across a real-life candle added onto the drawing to bring it to life
Blown over: Two drawn men have a tug-of-war across a real-life candle added onto the drawing to bring it to life
Bird of a feather: By 'holding' a feather dropped from his black bird, Mr Bruin tricks the viewer yet again
Bird of a feather: By 'holding' a feather dropped from his black bird, Mr Bruin tricks the viewer yet again

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