Ramon Bruin is an artist based in the Netherlands who studied at the Airbrush Academy before going on to create his own company. Ramon freelances in his free time, drawing three dimensional sketches that twist and manipulate perspective to give the impression that objects are bursting out of the page.
Ramon Bruin: I started doing airbrush jobs for client. Some clients wanted artwork on their motorcycles which included bullet-holes or ripped metal. It's a relatively easy job, but it's interesting when you create bullet holes that look very real--as if you could stick a finger in them. I tried to add depth and realism to create this artwork and managed to succeed. After this I started exploring depth and 3D with only a pencil. The first objects I drew were block-shapes and pencil shapes. I added the right shadow and started exploring light. At first I drew on one piece of paper and later on I tried drawings on multiple pieces of paper. I also started adding real object (like erasers, pencils etc.) to blur the line between real and drawn.
YZ: Can you explain anamorphosis to us?
RB: It's all about drawing in perspective: a wrong kind of perspective. The drawings themselves are quite ugly, but seen from one exact angle they become the correct drawing. I add depth, 3D and real objects in my drawings so the anamorphose drawing becomes almost real. I picture it in my mind. I draw everything from the mind. Because it's a “wrong” perspective, a picture or image of an object is useless. I picture it in my mind and just draw along.
YZ: Have you ever made a drawing that works from two different perspectives?
RB: No, I haven't, but you got me inspired! I might try a drawing like that in the future.
YZ: Who are some of the artists that inspired you?
RB: I find M.C. Escher very inspiring.
YZ: If the universe turns out to have more than four dimensions, how would you draw them?
RB: With a pencil! I first have to see the other dimensions. I now only draw in three dimensions; I do not use time in my artwork. I haven't come up with a piece of art that also includes a fourth dimension.
"Negative space always places the focus on the object. I'm working on 3D pieces now with less negative space. It's harder to maintain the realism, but we'll see!"
YZ: If someone gave you a new house, with all-white walls and ceilings and floors, how would you illustrate it?
RB: I would merge different kinds of topics in one big illustration, but it would have to have a lot of realism: holes on the floor that look like you can fall into them, etc. I would use less anamorphisis, so it can be seen from different angles of the room.
YZ: If you had the power to bring one of your drawings to life, would you use that power? If so, which drawing would you choose?
RB: I wouldn't use this power. I like it a lot more when the appear to be alive but they are just simply pencil drawings....
You can see more of Ramon's work at his website
(With assistance from Jorja Hudson and Karen Lo)