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3D Pencil Illustrations Express The Struggle Between My Job and My Passion
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Art, Optical Illusions6 years ago

3D Pencil Illustrations Express The Struggle Between My Job and My Passion

I am Jerameel Lu, 24, a hobbyist from the Philippines. I am a Civil Engineer by profession, but Art is my passion.

For now, Art is just my hobby: I’m still busy earning a living as an engineer, so I have little time to work on my creative ideas. For this reason, inspiration rarely strikes me. My job is internet-based and I work alone in my room on engineering estimates late into the night, and only log-off at 8 in the morning.

My life at this stage is a struggle, full of stress. I lack social contact. How can I have time to realize my passion? To do more art? I work all night & sleep all day, and for me, it’s torture.

I hope that someday, when I’ve saved enough money, I can leave this job & freely do what I want, to follow my passion in an artists’ career. Maybe that’s the reason why some of my pencil drawings create the optical illusion that the images appear to be pushing out of the page. Maybe those illusion drawings represent my passion, trapped by my situation, trying to get free.

Many have asked me to explain my drawing technique, so I have made a 3D art step-by-step tutorial on Facebook.

Since I only draw during my free time, I’m not sure exactly how long it takes to create one of these realistic artworks; if I had to guess, a 14×11 inch drawing would take one full working day.

The hardest part of doing this kind of art is imitating shadow, spreading it evenly on the paper surface so as to create the appropriate lighting effect.

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PamBanks
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7 years ago

My goodness! This guy's work is pretty fantastic!! I so WISH I could do stuff like that! Reading the story before the photos, and I have to say...it makes me appreciate his work 100x more! Poor guy! I guess this is the story of alot of people... they "can't afford to just do what they passion to do". His work is sooooo GOOD, and he's so young still, it'll be amazing to see where his art goes from here. I TRULY hope he can find more time for his passion!!!!!

JakobJørgensen
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6 years ago

That is damn impressive! I really hope this guy gets to work with his passion. That is real talent and if he keeps pressing on I am sure that he will succeed in reaching his dream.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

i think it's time to quit the job m'dear. good luck.

JamesRTK
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6 years ago

And get some social benefits? You, know, we still need something to eat... I don't think it's time. If he struggles he is not ready yet. He might one day.

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PamBanks
Community Member
7 years ago

My goodness! This guy's work is pretty fantastic!! I so WISH I could do stuff like that! Reading the story before the photos, and I have to say...it makes me appreciate his work 100x more! Poor guy! I guess this is the story of alot of people... they "can't afford to just do what they passion to do". His work is sooooo GOOD, and he's so young still, it'll be amazing to see where his art goes from here. I TRULY hope he can find more time for his passion!!!!!

JakobJørgensen
Community Member
6 years ago

That is damn impressive! I really hope this guy gets to work with his passion. That is real talent and if he keeps pressing on I am sure that he will succeed in reaching his dream.

karenza
Community Member
6 years ago

i think it's time to quit the job m'dear. good luck.

JamesRTK
Community Member
6 years ago

And get some social benefits? You, know, we still need something to eat... I don't think it's time. If he struggles he is not ready yet. He might one day.

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