Shades of Illusion

20-year-old Mumbaikar Sushant Sushil Rane’s incredible 3D paintings will leave your eyes baffled as they literally jump off the page, says Rajashree Mouli Roy

Shades of Illusion

20-year-old Mumbaikar Sushant Sushil Rane’s incredible 3D paintings will leave your eyes baffled as they literally jump off the page, says Rajashree Mouli Roy

These are the incredible works of art that literally jump off the page blurring the lines between reality and art. Sushant Sushil Rane, 19, creates jaw-dropping 3D illusion art and photorealistic portraits of famous faces a few years after perfecting his skills. A self-taught artist, the Mumbaikar learnt to draw the realistic 3D images all by himself. And he’s blowing the social media with his real-life creations. The incredible illusions that trick the viewer with drawn shadows make the work seem to literally jump off the page when they are complete. Rane says he started drawing in 2013 by making portraits of celebrities using graphite and colour pencils. “It takes generally an hour or two of hard work to achieve the desired effect. I love the popularity am gaining at such a small age, but that’s not am looking for. This is the age to learn and I want to learn the most,” he says. Rane uses incredibly detailed colour shades to perfectly sketch mundane objects onto a blank sheet of paper which are then photographed to create mind-boggling optical illusions. His work seems ultra-realistic, tricking the eye into thinking that the art on the page could actually be reality. It was about six years ago that he turned his attention to 3D art, and he claims he tries to draw with different materials “to create whatever I like.”

Rane was a first-year Humanities student at Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, in 2015. But he couldn’t pursue a normal course of studies he failed in five subjects in a semester. What many may have considered as a major hurdle, he took it as a stepping-stone. “I quit college and decided to channelise my energy in making art. I started posting my work on social media, and my friends loved it. I’m now a full-time artist,” he proudly shares. He has over 65,000 followers across his social media platforms. He even tried applying at an art institute, but couldn’t make the cut. “I love painting. I may not be great at understanding subjects, but I understand art,” he says. “I wanted to experiment with different techniques and mediums, and once I started posting my work online, it received some great response. I saw this as a chance to hone my skills, so I began concentrating on 3D forms,” he says. Rane started realistic 3D painting towards the end of November 2015. His work ranges from poisonous snakes that appear real enough to touch to stunning drawings of his favourite celebrities. You need to see the incredible sketched fried egg using delicate shades of yellow to believe it’s not real. Or the raw egg which appears next to its cracked shell. The Rubik Cube’s image uses varying bright colours, depth and shading to make it appear almost identical to a real object. The incredibly realistic-looking spoon and the silver fork reveal a stunning level of detail in the grey and silver shading. Another artwork shows a lightbulb on a piece of paper, complete with the detail needed to capture its filament. The sketch of a Coca Cola can includes stunning detail such as the creases and bends on the aluminium tin. “I have done several 3D paintings like a coca-cola can, coffee cup, fork, spoon, poached egg, bulb and many more. Out of all of these, my favourite remains the 3D coffee cup,” he says. Rane is an expert in creating realistic shapes which look as though they sit on top of the page, sometimes altering the shape of the paper he is working on to create a 3D effect. He also posts progress pictures and videos of his drawings for his followers on Facebook to track, and also inspire other potential artists. He sells his artwork through his website. “I’m planning to have my solo exhibition someday in the future. I have been receiving requests, and people want to see my work in person, it is very encouraging,” he signs off.

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