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10 Amazing Paintings and Drawings that Almost Look Real

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Posted by Rosemary O'Brien on May 19th, 2014

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Have you ever looked at a painting or drawing and thought it could be real? This realistic art technique that many artists use is called, Trompe-l'oeil, which means to deceive the eye. The phrase originated from the Baroque period, during revolutionary scientific discoveries and highly skilled and religious displays. Still used today, Artists paint and draw realistic imagery to create this optical illusion. To achieve Trompe-l'oeil, artists must make a two dimensional artwork look three dimensional by using shadows and reflection.

Here are the top 10 Fine Art America artists who incorporate Trompe-l'oeil in their artwork:

1. Spoon and Fork by Elena Kolotusha

Drawing - Colour Pencil, Gouache

2. Black Sun by Dirk Dzimirsky

Drawing - Graphite On Paper

3. Crow by Steve Goad

Drawing - Graphite On Paper

4. Ostriches by James W. Johnson

Painting - Ink/mixed On Paper

5. Still like Reflections - Ron Crabb

Painting - Oil On Board

6. Fire Fighters Best Friend - Sheryl Unwin

Drawing - Faber Castel Color Pencil On Bristol Board

7. Gathering Greens by Sharon Freeman

Painting - Watercolor On Paper

8. Sunny Lemons by Natasha Denger

Painting - Acrylic On Canvas Sheet

9. Road Master by Andrew King

Painting - Watercolor On Paper

10. Woolly Mammoth by Stanley Morrison

Drawing - Scratchboard