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Trick of the Eye
3D street art workbook

18 minute Video Tutorial for

Jimmi Buscombe's Trick of the Eye 3D Street Art Workbook

Video and photo examples

Hey all! 

Thanks so much for ordering one of my Trick of the Eye 3D street art workbooks! 

Here is an 18 minute tutorial video of me taking you through all the steps to create one of the artworks, as well as some photo examples of the ones we created when designing the book. 

There are some frequently asked questions here too, which will grow over time and will be directed by you guys.  So if you have a question or tip that doesn't yet appear here, please do  get in touch via my ​Contacts Form at the bottom of my home page and I will add it in!

Like all my 3D trompe l’oeil murals, these artworks look their best when viewed from a SINGLE viewpoint, which is why using a camera to take photos of your artworks works best.

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Are you stuck on a step and not sure how to move forward? Here is a section of frequently asked questions that I think may help. If your question isn't here, please feel free to fill out the contact form at the bottom and I'll be sure to answer your inquiry as soon as I can!


What sort of pastels are best to use?

Pastels are quite expensive and vary a great deal depending on what an artist wants.  I suggest using dry pastels for your chalk artworks, as they are the closest to normal chalk, but they have a lot more pigment in them than chalk does.

When using dry pastels, be sure to first colour in your artwork with normal chalk, and just use the pastels as a top layer of detail and colour, drawn lightly over the top of the chalk . That way you will use less pastel, and this will save you money.DO NOT use oil pastels on these artworks, as you will not be able to remove your artworks very easily.


If I want my artworks permanent, can I use paint instead of chalk?

Absolutely you can! Just make sure you have checked with your mum and dad first that this is okay.  For my permanent public art murals, I use regular low-sheen exterior house paint.  This has a life span of around 10 years.  Normal artist paint can be used, but it will wear out a lot faster than house paint.  For permanent painted murals, be sure to clean and prepare your surface as you would if you were painting a house (see the application notes on the paint tin you are using).

Is there an easier way to draw the grid?

Yes there is! When I am doing a large grid for a public art work, I usually use a builders chalk string-line. This is a string-line that has powdered chalk in it's holder.  You essentially unwind the string, hold it tight between the two points of the grid you're wanting to draw a line between, pull the line up off the concrete, and let it snap back.  Where it hits the concrete it will leave a perfectly straight chalk line on the ground.​ You then wind the line back into its holder to reload it with chalk, and then do it again for the next line.

Can I draw the artworks smaller

Yes you most certainly can​! You can scale the grid to any size you like. Try doing 10cm grids instead of 50cm grids! Or if you want to draw your artwork on a paper page, try a 2.5cm grid instead of 50cm grid. It will work exactly the same, however be aware the distance to the viewpoint will also change by the same ratio!

Any other question? Send it to me below and I'll add it to the growing list!! 

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